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VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

From rave reviews to standing ovations, here’s everything that went down at the first week of Venice Film Festival.

Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in Denis Villeneuve’s new Dune remake

Dune

Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in Denis Villeneuve’s new Dune remake
Dune

Last year, we were subjective to virtual screenings, Zoom award shows and canceled shows, so you can imagine our excitement when Venice Film Festival made its return in all its glory. Featuring a blockbuster lineup including Dune, Spencer and Last Night in Soho, the first few days have been stacked with entertainment with the likes of Zendaya and Timotheé breaking the internet.

With the first week of the festival signifying a roaring start, we’ve rounded up everything that has happened so far.

Check out everything you might have missed below…

Dune received a six-minute standing ovation

Venice Zendaya
Venice Zendaya
Dune

We’ve been anticipating a lot of films this past year, but nothing has come quite as close as Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Oscar Isaac, the sci-fi film is one of the most hyped about films of 2021, and the reviews are matching this. Receiving a standing ovation and top marks by various critics, the film has been cited as a “slow-burn space opera, that reminds us of what a Hollywood blockbuster can be”. With the film set for release next month in the United States, we’re excited to see just how brilliant the film is.

Spencer has been tipped as “oscar-worthy”

Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
Dune
Kristen Stewart

We’re not going to lie, when we heard there was going to be another royal adaption to rival The Crown, our eyebrows were raised. But all fears were dispelled when the film premiered last week at the festival. The Pablo Larraín-directed film received outstanding reviews after its premiere, with critics describing Kristen Stewart’s performance as “incandescent”, “tender” and “stunning”. Various viewers also described the film as Oscar-worthy, so it will be interesting who gets the nods at next year’s award season.

Oscar Issac and Jessica Chastain

Just when we thought Zendaya and Timothée stole the show with their adorable fan moment, Jessica Chastain and Oscar Issac brought their on-show chemistry to the red carpet and broke the internet. Viewed over seven million times, the two co-stars from HBO’s Scenes From A Marriage took to the red carpet for the show’s premiere and debuted some off-the-charts couple goals. Between Isaac kissing Chastain’s inner arm to the slow-motion gaze, we’re already thinking of OTP names.

Last Night in Soho brought the 60s horror

Anya Taylor Joy
Anya Taylor Joy
Dune

When it comes to horror films, British director Edgar Wright has that on lock, and his new film Last Night in Soho proves this once again. Premiering over the weekend, the film received rave reviews from critics for its chilling horror scenes and 60s inspo. Set to premiere theatrically October 29, we’re already booking our tickets for this film.

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

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