AP PHOTOS: Elegance and whimsy mix at Venice Film Festival

VENICE, Italy — All around the Lido, you have to see it at the stars’ faces: sheer pleasure.

Whether or not it used to be Timothée Chalamet’s beaming face greeting enthusiasts, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain’s playfulness for the cameras, Josh Brolin’s ear-to-ear grin within the entrance row of a “Dune” tournament or the ones appears exchanged between Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, the 78th Venice World Movie Pageant combined magnificence and a laugh in some way hardly noticed since early 2020.

Reminders of the pandemic had been throughout — enthusiasts had been stored farther again, movies performed in cinemas with empty seats, and mask remained, albeit within the background. At photograph calls and at the pink carpets, shades had been regularly the one factor masking stars’ faces because the shutters clicked.

Jamie Lee Curtis picked a fantastic pair of sunglasses for one photograph op, whilst Chalamet’s giddiness used to be obtrusive even if he stored his eyes lined.

There have been different equipment to stay alongside of, as Isaac demonstrated when he amusedly took Chastain’s handbag all the way through a “Scenes of a Marriage” photograph op.

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

It wasn’t all hijinks. Haute couture used to be on show at premieres, with Zendaya, Penelope Cruz and Lopez dressed in some show-stopping robes.

Within Venice’s film palaces, a robust slate of movies premiered, together with Jane Campion’s “The Energy of the Canine,” Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Moms,” Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Misplaced Daughter” and Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God.” The competition concluded Saturday with Audrey Diwan’s 1960s-set abortion drama “L’Evenement” (“Going down”) profitable the Golden Lion.

Whether or not Venice proves to be a primary step towards larger cinematic glory continues to be noticed. However a yr after it confirmed that a (scaled down) movie competition may well be safely staged in a plague, this yr’s version confirmed the way it is also finished with mirth and glamour.

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