LIDO DI VENEZIA – The Venice Film Festival, now in its 76th edition, is not just cinema. But it is a festival of worldwide resonance animated not only by films and TV series but also by party glam: social events not to be missed by Hollywood and non-Hollywood stars. The king of yesterday evening was Pedro Almodóvar. The director received the Golden Lion for Career by the Board of the Venice Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta and by the Exhibition Director Alberto Barbera. The Spanish filmmaker in accepting the award said:
"I am very excited and honored by the gift of this recognition. I have wonderful memories of the Venice Exhibition. My international debut took place there in 1983 with the indiscreet charm of sin. It was the first time one of my films was traveling outside Spain. It was my international baptism and it was a wonderful experience, as was my return with Donne on the brink of a nervous breakdown in 1988. This Lion will become my mascot, along with the two cats I live with. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this award".
Young people at Almodóvar's party
For the great event the Scuola Grande of Santa Maria della Misericordia was chosen, an exclusive and historical location that is located in Cannareggio, a district of Venice a stone's throw from the majestic Piazza San Marco. To celebrate the recognition of the great Spanish director, in addition to the presence of the team of Warner Bros. Pictures with Barbara Salabè (President & Managing Director of the well-known company), many well-known faces of national and international cinema have flocked. Between these, Monica Bellucci, Edoardo Leo, Rossy De Palma, the godmother of # Venezia76 Alessandra Mastronardi, Madalina Ghenea is Stacy Martin. Among the guests, too Falcon and Joker. You read that right: Anthony Mackie and Joaquin Phoenix, accompanied by its beautiful Rooney Mara, took part in the Pedro Almodóvar Golden Lion Award Celebration. Unfortunately, we were able to photograph only the Mackie event on the red carpet because Phoenix, being in competition at the 76th Joker show, cannot be photographed in any public appearance before the official red carpet, which will be held on August 31st at the premiere of film directed by Todd Philips.
After the photcall and a very good dinner, the guests (including us) moved to another room where a DJ set was set up: as soon as the music started, everyone on the track on the notes of Radio Ga Ga by Queen. An unforgettable and glamorous party in which we breathed worldliness and cinema.
Here are some shots of the evening: