The 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival, the world’s oldest film festival will be launched on Wednesday night with the epic movie “Everest” Himalayan drama in 3D.
This film by director Baltasar Kormakur, both disaster film and psychological thriller tells the tragic death of eight climbers on 10 and 11 May 1996 in a storm in the Himalayas.
The film is particularly interested in two very experienced guides, the New Zealander Rob Hall, played on screen by Australian actor Jason Clarke and American Scott Fischer, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who perish every two .
In one of the most dramatic scenes, Rob Hall manages to reach by satellite phone his pregnant wife, played by Keira Knightley, before dying.
The film, a British production of a cost of about $ 65 million, according to press, was partly shot in the Dolomites in Italy, Iceland, director native country and at the base camp of Everest Nepal.
While the tragedy of 1996 has since been overshadowed by other tragedies, it marks the beginning of the first questions about the sometimes underestimated risks of mountaineering, when it begins to popularize. The two days of the tragedy, as many as 34 climbers tried to reach the roof of the world.
Several experts and found that the approach to the top of the bottleneck has been a factor of the disaster, as the presence of too many “Sunday mountaineers” reaching the summit too late to be able to descend into the correct conditions .
The director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera, hoped the film, out of competition at the festival’s opening; know the same success as the previous ones, “Gravity” two years ago and “Birdman” future Academy Award film, last year.
These two great successes have undoubtedly helped revive the Mostra, which then seemed about to be totally eclipsed by the Toronto festival.
The start of this 72nd edition, between glamour of the stars on the red carpet and movies dealing with history or current events, will be given by her godmother, the Italian-Egyptian actress Elisa Sednaoui.
The traditional Golden Lion will be awarded on September 12 of the 21 features in competition by a jury chaired this year by the Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”).
At his side: German actress Diane Kruger, his American colleague Elizabeth Banks as well as the French writer and screenwriter Emmanuel Carrère, Taiwanese director Hou and Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
On Wednesday, the competition will begin with the film on child soldiers in Africa “Beasts of No Nations”, produced by Netflix, directed by carkey Fukunaga and starring, among others, by British actor Idris Elba.
It will be released in October in some cinemas, but especially on the Netflix network, which boasts some 65 million subscribers worldwide.
The largest distribution networks in the United States refused to broadcast the lack of exclusive first in theaters, as is the case for most of the films produced for the big screen.
The film industry does not prepare in less that this mode of distribution becomes the norm for many films in the very near future.
Friday, Johnny Depp (out of competition with Black Mass) will tread the red carpet with his wife the former model Amber Heard itself competing for the highly anticipated “The Danish Girl,” the woman in transformation a Danish painter in the 1920s by director Tom Hooper, Oscar winner for “The King’s Speech.
The young Englishman Eddie Redmayne (Best Actor Oscar in 2015 for “The Theory of Everything”) will also make the trip to Venice for “The Danish Girl,” as well as his fellow Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton, together in “A Bigger Splash “by Luca Guadagnino, remake of” The pool “.