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Between Harry Styles spitting on Chris Pine, who fell asleep, and there was no good cinema either…

I was surprised by several things in the last hours in the venice festival. Between what Harry Styles would have spat on Chris Pine when he sat in the Great Room for the gala Do not worry honey; that Pine put on his black glasses when the lights went out in the Hall and fell asleep; and that the veteran director Giani Amelio refused to answer a journalist’s question at the press conference (“I deleted your phone number, your title was infamous!”), referring to a comment he made about his previous film…

This edition of Venice gives for everything.

It is known that the musician and actor did not get along in the best way with Pine on the set of the film. It seems that the romance between our next illustrious visitor (she acts in December in River) and the actress and director Olivia Wilde, who would have neglected the filming, started there. Some even tell me it was Florence Pugh who directed some scenes…

Harry Styles on the red carpet for the film co-starring with Florence Pugh and Chris Pine.  Photo EFE

Harry Styles on the red carpet for the film co-starring with Florence Pugh and Chris Pine. Photo EFE

The Mostra progresses, fatigue begins to show and the seats in the Dársena room begin to have less occupation, and there is some snoring. Well, the films in the official competition for the Golden Lion don’t help us too much either.

Likewise, the Mostra has figures that by themselves, when naming them, attract attention. There are actresses who, almost invariably, are repeated in the editions of the most important festivals in the world (Cannes, Venice, Berlin). There is always a movie with Isabelle Huppert. Or one with Cate Blanchett. And another subscriber is Tilda Swinton.

Director Gianni Amelio badly cut the face of a journalist who had criticized his previous film.  AP Photo

Director Gianni Amelio badly cut the face of a journalist who had criticized his previous film. AP Photo

Swinton, winner of an Oscar and the interpreter of the recent Memory, the french chronicle Y once upon a time there was a genius (which premieres this Thursday in Argentina), stars twice The Eternal Daughter, by Joanna Hogg, produced by Martin Scorsese. Before sitting down to see it, we check its duration. 96 minutes. With all movies over two hours, it seems like paradise.

It is not.

Tilda Swinton, with a suggestive hairstyle.  The British is a regular at all the main Class A festivals. Photo AFP

Tilda Swinton, with a suggestive hairstyle. The British is a regular at all the main Class A festivals. Photo AFP

cute and scary

Tilda, always adorable, who was dressed in a long silver dress at the gala, with a canary yellow hairstyle, plays a documentary filmmaker who travels with her mother, also played by her, when they return to an old mansion where they spent several moments, now converted into a desolate hotel, with no other guests and full of noise at night. They stay a few days to celebrate, by themselves, her mother’s birthday.

Oh, they took the mother’s dog.

The music is horror -and I’m not talking about the composition being bad-. There is some apparition, a lady dressed in white pajamas, or something like that, looking out of a window. And a twist, one of those that make us think or how I didn’t realize it, or stop, they didn’t give me clues to make me realize it.

Swinton has two roles in "The Eternal Daughter," produced by Martin Scorsese.  Photo Reuters

Swinton has two roles in “The Eternal Daughter,” produced by Martin Scorsese. Photo Reuters

Anyway, The Eternal Daughter you have to cross it out.

From Japan comes to the competition love lifeby Koji Fukada, a soap opera that could be seen at any time of the afternoon on broadcast television.

Except because the little son of the protagonist dies drowned in a bathtub.

Dressed for the occasion.  The actor Atom Sunada, the director Koji Fukada and the protagonist Fumino Kimura.  ANSA photo

Dressed for the occasion. The actor Atom Sunada, the director Koji Fukada and the protagonist Fumino Kimura. ANSA photo

It is a story of love and misunderstandings, because the child’s father had abandoned the child when he was a baby and his mother. He now he returns, he is Korean and deaf. The current partner of the protagonist had abandoned her girlfriend to be with her and, now and through the turns of life, they meet again.

Another to leave aside.

Local, but may not win

Italy has among its several films in competition The Signor of the Formiche (The Lord of the Ants), by Gianni Amelio, the director we talked about at the beginning. It is his seventh time in competition for the Golden Lion (which he already won in 1998, with cosi ridevano) and, except for the first time he came, always, but he always got an official award.

He grabs his hands, but Gianni Amelio did not keep quiet at the press conference.  Photo EFE

He grabs his hands, but Gianni Amelio did not keep quiet at the press conference. Photo EFE

At 77, the director of Open doors Y lamerica freely adapts a true event from the ’60s, when homosexuality was not only in Italy as a dirty word. Aldo Braibanti was a writer, poet, philosopher and myrmecologist (the one who studies the behavior of ants: something new is learned every day), an intellectual who was destroyed for loving a man. On top of that, much less.

A judicial process was carried out, they gave him 9 years in prison, but he had the opportunity to appeal.

If you want to know more, wait to see if it opens in Argentina or go to Wikipedia.

Walter Hill.  At the age of 80 they give him an award and he presented his new film, "Dead for a Dollar".  Photo EFE

Walter Hill. At the age of 80 they give him an award and he presented his new film, “Dead for a Dollar”. Photo EFE

Walter Hill’s Western

And to round off a very particular day, due to the lack of everything that was seen, taking advantage of the fact that the great Walter Hill will receive the Cartier Glory award for filmmaker, they projected dead for a dollarhis new film.

It is his first film as a director in six years (The Assignmentwith Michelle Rodriguez and her great friend Sigourney Weaver, is from 2016) and at his young 80 years he looks somewhat tired.

Actors Christoph Waltz and Willem Dafoe, who star in Hill's film, out of competition.  Reuters Photo

Actors Christoph Waltz and Willem Dafoe, who star in Hill’s film, out of competition. Reuters Photo

Needless to say, Hill was a hero of American cinema in the ’70s and ’80s, writing the screenplay for Alien Y The escape and directing little masterpieces like drivers, The Warriors, Streets of Fire, 48 hours…?

In dead for a dollar surrenders to the western, with a story that is not at all complicated. Christoph Waltz is a bounty hunter, a role similar to the one he had in Django Unchainedsaving comparisons, who is hired by a husband to track down and bring back his wife (Rachel Brosnahan, from The Marvelous Maisel), who actually ran away with a deserted soldier. And, on top of that, he is African-American (Brandon Scott).

Max has an assistant (a sergeant), and there’s an expert poker player and ace gunslinger (Willem Dafoe) who just got out of prison, who hates him. Ah, as the actions take place in New Mexico, the almighty lord of the region is a Mexican (Benjamin Bratt, who is not, but it does not matter).

What it said. It is the fatigue, which is felt on one side and the other of the screen of the Mostra.

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