George Clooney and Sandra Bullock starrer science fiction work, Gravity, will open the 70th edition of the world’s oldest Film Festival here this evening.
To be held on the Adriatic Sea swept Lido, off mainland Venice, the 11-day Festival rarely opens with a science fiction movie. The last was Clint Eastwood’s Space Cowboys in 2000.
Helmed by Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Great Expectations, Prisoner of Azkaban) Gravity in 3D is a thriller which unfolds in space. On a routine walk, disaster strikes two astronauts, played by Clooney and Bullock.
The Venice lineup of films includes dark stories of crime, sex, politics and wars. The works are mostly political and historical with subjects like World War II, JFK’s assassination, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iraq war and eco-terrorism.
Venice is also varied in genre: there are two animation movies, two science fiction pictures and two documentaries.
The Festival is often considered to be the unofficial start to the period called the Oscars season. At least a few titles from the Lido find their way to the Academy Awards.
(Gautaman Bhaskaran is covering the Venice Film Festival for Hindustan Times )