Venice Film Festival 2018 round-up: Suspiria cast attend red-carpet premiere; Jacques Audiard condemns sexism

FP Staff

Sep 03, 2018 14:21:41 IST

After the premiere of First Man and Suspiria, the 75th Venice Film Festival saw plenty more Oscar-contenders debuting at the famed Lido. While the festival's gender parity continues to draw criticism from festival attendees and esteemed directors, it didn't stop the stars from showing off the latest fashion trends ahead of movie premieres.

Here's a roundup of everything that made news on days four and five.

Suspiria premieres at Venice

 Venice Film Festival 2018 round-up: Suspiria cast attend red-carpet premiere; Jacques Audiard condemns sexism

Actress Dakota Johnson poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Suspiria at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Actresses from left, Mia Goth, Tilda Swinton director Luca Guadagnino and actress Dakota Johnson pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Suspiria' at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(From L-R) Mia Goth, Tilda Swinton director Luca Guadagnino and actress Dakota Johnson at the premiere Suspiria. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

(Also read — Suspiria review round-up: Luca Guadagnino dredges up the dead with a 'gorgeous, hideous, uncompromising' remake)

Actress Cate Blanchett poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Suspiria' at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Actress Cate Blanchett at the Suspiria premiere at Venice Film Festival. Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP

Jury member Naomi Watts poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Suspiria' at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Jury member Naomi Watts poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Suspiria. Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP

Luca  Guadagnino's Suspiria, a blood-soaked remake of horror legend Dario Argento's 1977 chiller, is set in a creepy all-female dance school in Cold War Berlin hard by the wall.

Jacques Audiard condemns sexism at Venice

French director Jacques Audiard went gunning for sexism in the film industry on Sunday after his extraordinary new Western, The Sisters Brothers, received a standing ovation at the Venice film festival.

The maker of A Prophet — whose first American movie stars Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jake Gyllenhaal — is the early favourite to pick up the Golden Lion for best film. But as he basked in the applause of critics, Audiard blasted the festival's organisers with both barrels for choosing only one film by a woman to vie for the top prize.

Producer Alison Dickey from left, actor John C. Reilly and director Jacques Audiard poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Sisters Brothers' at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(From L-R) Producer Alison Dickey, actor John C. Reilly and director Jacques Audiard poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of The Sisters Brothers at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

"I was surprised when I read that the line-up was 20 men against one woman," Audiard told reporters. "I wrote to the other directors but there wasn't much a reaction," he added.

The acclaimed auteur attacked the "opaque" way films were picked for big prizes, adding that "in the 25 years my films have been competing, I have never seen a woman at the head of a festival." His comments come after Venice — now the key launchpad for the Oscars race — was accused of "toxic masculinity" for all but cold-shouldering women directors for a second year in succession.

Strong female stories

Despite the dearth of female directors, Venice has hummed with films with female-led stories and strong female characters. As well as The Quietude and the adaptation of the first of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, My Brilliant Friend, singer Lady Gaga has shone in A Star is Born, while British star Maxime Peake is the heart around which Mike Leigh's historical epic Peterloo hangs.

Actress Maxine Peake and director Mike Leigh pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere for the film 'Peterloo' at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Actress Maxine Peake and director Mike Leigh pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere for Peterloo at Venice Film Festival. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Ferrante supervised screen version of My Brilliant Friend

The mysterious Italian writer Elena Ferrante pulled the strings behind the first screen version of her Neapolitan novels, the producers said on Sunday, as it was premiered at the Venice film festival.

Ferrante closely vetted and approved the eight-part Italian television adaptation of the first book, My Brilliant Friend, they said. The first episodes will shown in the United States on HBO in November, with 24 further episodes planned for the rest of the saga.

The four novels following two friends Elena and Lila from their dirt-poor childhoods in postwar Naples have become an international publishing sensation, with millions of copies sold.

Screenwriter Francesco Piccolo said Ferrante — who has tried to keep her real identity secret — was "very close to the project from the beginning", even choosing director Saverio Costanzo.

David Cronenberg's new TV series

Hollywood director David Cronenberg has predicted that cinema-going will die out — and says he "does not care" in the least. The maker of The Fly, Crash and Naked Lunch told a talk at the Venice film festival Saturday that "television screens are getting bigger and bigger and therefore the difference between theatre and domestic viewing has become really flimsy."

But the Canadian auteur said cinema itself would survive streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon and that it was "just evolving". He also revealed that he is working on a new television series himself, but said that he "can't talk about it yet".

Cronenberg said the visual language directors were using now was also moving away stylistically from the big screen.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Updated Date: Sep 03, 2018 14:26:35 IST