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La Jornada – ‘The Last Duel’ by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon dazzles in Venice

Venice. The famous stars Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Adam Driver parade this Friday in Venice to present the dazzling film by Ridley Scott, scheduled on the eve of the closing of a festival marked by Hollywood productions and social and political cinema.

The spectacular blockbuster, presented out of competition and set in medieval France, comes with all the elements of the films of the veteran director of the Gladiator, Blade runner and Alien, with its impressive armor, exciting horseback riding and an unconventional story.

The oldest film festival in the world closes with a good dose of international stars, including Jennifer López, Affleck’s current partner, whose arrival in Venice on Thursday aroused much anticipation.

The fans of the nicknamed Bennifer They hope to see them arrive at the official gala, as they did almost two decades ago and despite the wall that protects the red carpet due to the sanitary measures due to the coronavirus.

The couple of the year arrived in a taxi boat amid a cloud of flashes and “paparazzi” to continue feeding their new love affair.

The release of the latest film by 84-year-old Briton Scott further confirms that the Venetian festival continues to be the European showcase for major American productions and also the start of the race to obtain a coveted Oscar, as has happened in recent years. between them with Nomadland of the Chinese based in the United States Chloé Zhao, member this year of the jury.

Venice, which also invited out of competition Dune, a superproduction full of special effects on the homonymous top science fiction novel, preserves its identity anyway, by presenting in and out of the official competition a lot of author, social, political, denouncing cinema, which reflects the contradictions and the abuses of the past and present.

Political and denunciation cinema

Of the 21 films in competition for the Golden Lion, the Russian one also stands out Captain Volkonogov has escaped, directed by Natasha Merkulova and Aleksei Chupov, on the purges that in 38 the Soviet political police – the NKVD – of Leningrad practiced.

The story of the captain who flees with a list containing the names of the disappeared with the intention of denouncing their execution to the family of each one of them, is a modern parable.

“This film is not only about Russia, it is a fairly universal statement because we are concerned about the whole world and what is happening to it,” Merkulova confessed to the press.

The devastating capitalist system, which exploits both its workers and its successful executives mercilessly, is the complaint that Frenchman Stéphane Brizé launches with the film Another world, when closing this Friday with a current argument the competition for the Golden Lion.

“I wanted to get out of the simplistic dialectic that boils down to the fact that managers are bad and workers are good,” warns Brizé, calling into question an entire system.

Divided between his bosses who demand results and his workers who demand assurances, Philippe, played by an applauded Vincent Lindon, indeed finds himself facing an abyss.

Critics’ Favorites

Based on the international critics’ score, compiled by the festival newspaper Ciak, in addition to the Russian film, the films by New Zealander Jane Campion and Parallel mothers by Pedro Almodóvar, who also tackles the issue of the disappeared during the Franco dictatorship in his own way.

Instead, all critics agree with Kristen Stewart’s magnificent performance as Princess Diana in the film. Spencer by Chilean Pablo Larraín, which makes her the main candidate for the Best Actress award.

The jury chaired by Korean Bong Joon-ho will announce the winners of the 78th edition on Saturday at an official ceremony at the Cinema Palace.

Arjun Sethi
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