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Elegance and whimsy mix at Venice Film Festival


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2021 Sep 13, 11:44, Venice

 All across the Lido, you could see it on the stars’ faces: sheer joy.

Whether it was Timothée Chalamet’s beaming face greeting fans, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain’s playfulness for the cameras, Josh Brolin’s ear-to-ear grin in the front row of a “Dune” event or those looks exchanged between Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, the 78th Venice International Film Festival mixed elegance and fun in a way rarely seen since early 2020.


Timothee Chalamet poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Dune' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival
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Timothee Chalamet poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Dune' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival Photo: AP

Reminders of the pandemic were all around — fans were kept farther back, films played in cinemas with empty seats, and masks remained, albeit in the background. At photo calls and on the red carpets, sunglasses were often the only thing covering stars’ faces as the shutters clicked.


Zendaya poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Dune' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. 
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Zendaya poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Dune' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Photo: AP
Josh Brolin, centre, takes photograph with his cell phone at the photo call for the film 'Dune' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
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Josh Brolin, centre, takes photograph with his cell phone at the photo call for the film 'Dune' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Photo: AP

Jamie Lee Curtis picked a whimsical pair of shades for one photo op, while Chalamet’s giddiness was obvious even when he kept his eyes covered.

There were other accessories to keep up with, as Isaac demonstrated when he amusedly took Chastain’s purse during a “Scenes of a Marriage” photo op.


At an event for the “Kapitan Volkonogov Bezhal,” Russian actor Timofey Tribuntsev provided the shenanigans by biting into the jacket of co-star Yuriy Borisov as he pretended to run away.

It wasn’t all hijinks. High fashion was on display at premieres, with Zendaya, Penelope Cruz and Lopez wearing some show-stopping gowns.


Penelope Cruz poses for photographers upon arrival at the closing ceremony of the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
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Penelope Cruz poses for photographers upon arrival at the closing ceremony of the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Photo: AP
Kristen Stewart poses for photographers upon arrival for the film 'Spenser' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
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Kristen Stewart poses for photographers upon arrival for the film 'Spenser' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Photo: AP

Inside Venice’s movie palaces, a strong slate of films premiered, including Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Mothers,” Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Lost Daughter” and Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God.” The festival concluded Saturday with Audrey Diwan’s 1960s-set abortion drama “L’Evenement” (“Happening”) winning the Golden Lion.


Jury President Bong Joon Ho, from top left, Jury members Virginie Efira, Sarah Gadon, Alexander Nanau, director of the Venice Film festival Alberto Barbera, from bottom left, jury members Cynthia Erivo, Saverio Costanzo and Chloe Zhao pose for photographers upon arrival at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.
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Jury President Bong Joon Ho, from top left, Jury members Virginie Efira, Sarah Gadon, Alexander Nanau, director of the Venice Film festival Alberto Barbera, from bottom left, jury members Cynthia Erivo, Saverio Costanzo and Chloe Zhao pose for photographers upon arrival at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Photo: AP

Whether Venice proves to be a first step toward greater cinematic glory remains to be seen. But a year after it showed that a (scaled down) film festival could be safely staged in a pandemic, this year’s edition showed how it could also be done with mirth and glamour.

Peter Sarsgaard, left, and Maggie Gyllenhaal pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Lost Daughter' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
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Peter Sarsgaard, left, and Maggie Gyllenhaal pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Lost Daughter' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Photo: AP
Members of the public wait for Timothee Chalamet to arrive at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.
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Members of the public wait for Timothee Chalamet to arrive at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Photo: AP
Tiffany Haddish poses for portraits for the film 'The Card Counter' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
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Tiffany Haddish poses for portraits for the film 'The Card Counter' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Photo: AP
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