ROME — Global superstars Lady Gaga, Ryan Gosling and Vanessa Redgrave descend on Venice this week as the annual film festival kicks off Wednesday to controversy over the inclusion of Netflix productions and there being just one female director in competition. Some 21 features will be locking horns for the prized Golden Lion, which will be awarded on September 8 at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Venice Lido, the iconic setting for Luchino Visconti’s masterpiece “Death in Venice.” The festival jury is chaired by Guillermo Del Toro, last year’s winner with “The Shape of Water.” Australian Jennifer Kent is the only woman gunning for the Golden Lion this year, with “The Nightingale.” The lack of female directors was blasted by feminist associations in an open letter sent on August 11 to the festival’s artistic director Alberto Barbera. The letter was a reaction not just to the festival’s male-centric selection but also to statements by Barbera, who in a recent press conference explained that he made his choices based on “the quality of the film and not the sex of the director.” “If we impose quotas, I resign,” he said, defending a selection criticized as “politically incorrect,” especially compared to… Read full this story
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