The Mostra goes retro goes piano

By Etienne Sorin

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George McKay and Léa Seydoux in The beast. Carole Bethuel / Ad Vitam

Halfway through, the Venetian competition is dominated by period films without much at stake. The beastby Bertrand Bonello, is distinguished by its audacity.

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The winners of the 80e Mostra, issued next Saturday evening, will not reward the best costumes. The category does not exist in any film festival. A gap on the lagoon as the costumers were in the spotlight these first days. Priscillaby Sofia Coppola, confirms the abundance of period films and the impression of a Mostra resolutely turned towards the past.

We first saw Pierfrancesco Favino as a submarine captain in 1940 (Commander) Or Mads Mikkelsen as a 17th century Danish soldiere century converted into a colonist fighting against an arid land and a ic nobility (bastarden). But it was the 1950s that broke the screen. After the gleaming and funereal Ferrari of Michael Mann, there was finally dawn, by Saverio Costanzo. A post-Metoo evocation of Cinecitta, during the golden age of Italian cinema, through a peplum extra trained by a Hollywood star in a night populated by predators. A kind of babylon slow and soft.

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