The inclusion of controversial directors and a continued gender imbalance have dominated the buildup to the 76th edition of the Venice film festival, while a mix of Hollywood A-listers and arthouse auteurs looks likely to provide another attention-grabbing event. Hirokazu Kore-eda – who won the Palme d’Or in 2018 for his film Shoplifters – opens the festival on Wednesday with The Truth, which stars Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche. The French-language drama will be the first film the director has made that won’t be in his native Japanese, while the French director Olivier Assayas also moves into new linguistic territory with his English-language spy thriller Wasp Network. The coveted opening slot is usually reserved for an awards season hopeful and Venice has garnered a reputation as an Oscar omen over recent years, after hosting world premieres for three of the past five best picture Oscar winners. Netflix continues its romance with the festival, and will again use it as a launchpad for its own trio of Oscar hopefuls. Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers drama The Laundromat, Noah Baumbach’s study of divorce, Marriage Story, and David Michôd’s Shakespeare adaptation, The King (starring Robert Pattinson and Timothée Chalamet), will all feature at the… Read full this story
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