Edgar Selge plays a young woman, Harry Styles is surrounded by young women – and whatever else happens at the Venice Film Festival.
When the streets on the island of Lido di Venezia are blocked by crowds, young fans run screaming behind darkened cars and stars like Harry Styles, Cate Blanchett, Penélope Cruz or Timothée Chalamet turn the handle, you can be sure: The Venice Film Festival is back. Until the award ceremony on September 10, films that traditionally later have good chances at the Oscars will be presented in the lagoon city. A first candidate for this has already been seen.
A good dozen of the 23 entries to the competition have been examined so far. Including “The Whale” by Darren Aronofsky (who already received a Golden Lion for “The Wrestler” in 2009). After disappearing from the screen for a long time, the American-Canadian actor Brendan Fraser (“The Mummy”) celebrates his cinema comeback. Fraser caused a stir at the premiere for his starring role as Charlie (an extremely overweight man who wants to reconnect with his daughter).
An Oscar contender
According to media reports, his eyes filled with tears during the final applause and standing ovation. The whole film takes place within the few meters that Charlie can still move with difficulty. Most of the time he sits on the couch, his breath rattling and beads of sweat beading his forehead. An impressive performance that gave rise to Oscar conjectures.
Above all, the appearances of two young world stars made countless fans secure a place at the barriers to the red carpet in the morning. First actor Timothée Chalamet (26) caused a stir. Finally, on Monday, pop star Harry Styles came. The 28-year-old stars in Olivia Wilde’s thriller Don’t Worry Darling, which was set to premiere tonight.
Edgar Selge plays a woman this time
The only German film running in Venice (in a sideline) is Aus meine Haut. Alex Schaad was able to win Edgar Selge, among others, for his debut film. The story is about a group of people who go to an island to swap bodies for a while. Selge plays a young woman who is trapped in her father’s body for certain reasons – the bizarre climax of this drama of confusion, which is also cast with Jonas Dassler, Mala Emde and Dimitrij Schaad.
Look into the real world
But the real world also plays a role at the festival. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s video message during the opening was not the only time the war against Ukraine was an issue. The Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa, for example, presented his film “The Kiev Trial” about the Minsk war crimes trial in 1946 against German prisoners of war, two other Ukrainian films are in the program. Referring to Russia’s war against Ukraine, Loznitsa said in Venice: “History repeats itself if we don’t learn from it.”
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