Venice, anyone? The famous film festival kicks off this week

With the 79th Venice International Film Festival kicking off on Wednesday, Hollywood’s long awards season begins in earnest with world premieres, A-list celebrities and worldwide attention.

Opening night’s “White Noise” marks a return three years later for writer-director Noah Baumbach, who was last here in 2019 with his Oscar-winning “Marriage Story.” “Noise” reunites Baumbach with Adam Driver of “Story” and features his co-star, Greta Gerwig.

“Noise” is also notable as the first Netflix entry to open the festival. Among the 23 films competing for the Golden Lion, the festival’s highest prize, are three other Netflix films: “Blonde”, an NC-17-rated fiction about the inner life of Marilyn Monroe with Ana de Armas; Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Mexican epic, “Bardo, false chronicle of a handful of truths”; and “Athena” by Frenchman Romain Gavras, a modern tragedy.

Among the notables and their films making red carpets on the Lido until the closing night of September 10:

Olivia Wilde brings the Florence Pugh-Harry Styles thriller “Don’t Worry Darling” as director and co-star. Star players Gemma Chan (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and Chris Pine (“Wonder Woman”) will be on the red carpet, while Styles and Pugh will not.

Timothée Chalamet reunites with his “Call Me By Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino for “Bones and All,” in which he and his cannibalistic lover take a road trip through 1980s America.

Catherine Deneuve and Paul Schrader receive Golden Lions for their entire career. Schrader takes the opportunity to unveil “The Master Gardener”, a dark suspenseful story starring Joel Edgerton and Sigourney Weaver.

Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) returns to Venice with Brendan Fraser as “The Whale,” who is actually a 600-pound recluse.

Anthony Hopkins won the Oscar for second best actor in Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’. Now Zeller is in Venice with another chapter in that story – “The Son,” starring Vanessa Kirby, Laura Dern and Hugh Jackman.

Cate Blanchett in “Tár” plays the fictional Lydia Tár, among the world’s greatest conductors, one of the few women to conduct a German orchestra.

Irishman Martin McDonagh follows his Oscar-winning “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with “The Banshees Of Inisherin,” which also marks a reunion with his “In Bruges” stars Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell.

Oscar-winning Boston actress Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”) premieres her new documentary, “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed,” about photographer Nan Goldin’s battle against the Big Pharma Sackler family.

Veteran Hollywood filmmaker Walter Hill also receives an honor in Venice as he creates his bounty hunter western “Dead For a Dollar”, starring Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe and Rachel Brosnahan.

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