Unlike other film festivals, Venice is open to other options when it comes to the official selection of films that compete in each of its editions. In 2021, it was no exception and Netflix presented interesting proposals, nothing compared to what it usually produces in mass but more on the independent film side, and was rewarded with three of the most anticipated awards in the 78th edition of the event that concluded this Saturday. In an edition that saw renowned filmmakers paraded through, saying that there was plenty of talent feels like an understatement for what it really was.
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Netflix proved its power thanks to its collaboration with elite filmmakers such as Jane Campion and Paolo Sorrentino. The New Zealand director was introduced to The Power of the Dog – 100%, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil Burbank, a cruel and twisted ranch owner who sets out to torment Rose, his brother’s new wife, along with your studious son. Her co-star is Kirsten Dunst as Rose, who unfortunately has to live with Cumberbatch’s character’s toxic attitude towards Rose, which is a product of her upbringing, as well as her fear of losing once she comes. to live in the family ranch.
The actor told . that while filming he had completely immersed himself in his character. He and Dunst, whose role is amplified in the film compared to the book he adapts, barely greeted each other on set to maintain the tense and antagonistic atmosphere that pervades the film. To that, Dunst added that she and Benedict didn’t speak at all on set. “We always felt guilty if we said hello and we kept our distance,” Dunst said.
For his work in The Power of the Dog, Campion received the Silver Lion at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, an award usually given to the best director of the event. She is no stranger to this type of recognition, as she was the first woman to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for her film The Piano – 90%, although on that occasion the achievement was shared. But this was just one of the triumphs of Netflix, who can also boast that it will air Maggie Gyllenhaal’s debut feature, The Lost Daughter – 100%, which received the Best Screenplay award in the same edition.
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Gyllenhaal’s film divided critics in Venice, but in its passage through the Telluride Film Festival, which ran from September 2-6 (while Italy’s took place from September 1 to 11), critics did not he was reluctant to react very positively to the story that this film adaptation proposes. The Lost Daughter, starring Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson, narrates the experience of a woman, who during a summer vacation becomes obsessed with another woman and her daughter, causing memories of her past to appear that she must confront.
Netflix closed a great day thanks to The Hand Of God – 80% by Paolo Sorrentino, the film that received the Grand Jury Prize, the second most important prize behind the Golden Lion. This is Sorrentino’s most content and personal story According to the opinion of the critics, which by its title reminds us of the admiration of the Italian filmmaker towards the soccer player Diego Armando Maradona. This film received another recognition as well, which went to the young actor Filippo Scotti, who won the Marcello Mastroianni award for best young actor or actress.
The Mostra has always welcomed films that will be released on streaming platforms with open arms, unlike Cannes, which is still at war with Netflix. In fact, in an interview with Deadline, the French festival organizer said that they could have had movies from the streaming giant like The Power of the Dog and even The Hand of God, but this was not finished. However, the invitation that was extended to the Big N films was for the section outside the competition and that did not convince the executives of the company at all.
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