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AP PHOTOS: Elegance and whimsy mix at Venice Film Festival

FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Zendaya poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Dune' during the 78th edition of the...
FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Timothee Chalamet poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Dune' during the 78th edit...
FILE - In this Sept, 8, 2021 file photo Jamie Lee Curtis poses for photographers, reflected in glasses, at the photo call for the film 'Halloween Kill...
FILE - In this Sept, 1, 2021 file photo Jury President Bong Joon Ho, from top left, Jury members Virginie Efira, Sarah Gadon, Alexander Nanau, directo...
FILE - In this Sept, 11, 2021 file photo Penelope Cruz poses for photographers upon arrival at the closing ceremony of the 78th edition of the Venice ...
FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Josh Brolin, centre, takes photograph with his cell phone at the photo call for the film 'Dune' during the 78t...
FILE - In this Sep, 2, 2021 file photo Oscar Isaac poses for portraits for the film 'The Card Counter' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Fest...
FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Peter Sarsgaard, left, and Maggie Gyllenhaal pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film '...
FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Kristen Stewart poses for photographers upon arrival for the film 'Spenser' during the 78th edition of the Ven...
FILE - In this Sep, 2, 2021 file photo Tiffany Haddish poses for portraits for the film 'The Card Counter' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film ...
FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Members of the public wait for Timothee Chalamet to arrive at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in ...
FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Timothee Chalamet meets fans upon arrival for the photo call of the film 'Dune' at the 78th edition of the Ven...
FILE - In this Sept, 1, 2021 file photo Jury president Bong Joon-ho poses for photographers at the photo call for the jury during the 78th edition of ...
FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Cynthia Erivo poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Last Night in Soho' during the...
FILE - In this Sept, 11, 2021 file photo Anamaria Vartolomei, left, congratulates director Audrey Diwan as she holds the Golden Lion award for 'Happen...
FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Zendaya arrives for the photo call of the film 'Dune' at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venic...
FILE - In this Sept, 8, 2021 file photo Timofey Tribuntsev, left, and Yuriy Borisov pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Kapitan Vol...
FILE - In this Sept, 4, 2021 file photo Oscar Isaac, right, and Jessica Chastain pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Scenes of a Ma...
FILE - In this Sept, 4, 2021 file photo Oscar Isaac, left, and Jessica Chastain pose for portraits for the film 'Scenes from a Marriage' during the 78...
FILE - In this Sept, 11, 2021 file photo Maggie Gyllenhaal holds the Best Screenplay award for 'The Lost Daughter' onstage at the closing ceremony dur...
FILE - In this Sept, 5, 2021 file photo Kate Hudson poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Mona Lisa And The Blood Moon' du...
FILE - In this Sept, 10, 2021 file photo Jennifer Lopez, centre right, and Ben Affleck pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film...
FILE - In this Sept, 11, 2021 file photo Penelope Cruz kisses the Coppa Volpi Best Actress award for 'Parallel Mothers' onstage at the closing ceremon...
FILE - In this Sept, 1, 2021 file photo Audience members watch the opening ceremony of the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. ...

FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Zendaya poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Dune' during the 78th edition of the...

FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Timothee Chalamet poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Dune' during the 78th edit...

FILE - In this Sept, 8, 2021 file photo Jamie Lee Curtis poses for photographers, reflected in glasses, at the photo call for the film 'Halloween Kill...

FILE - In this Sept, 1, 2021 file photo Jury President Bong Joon Ho, from top left, Jury members Virginie Efira, Sarah Gadon, Alexander Nanau, directo...

FILE - In this Sept, 11, 2021 file photo Penelope Cruz poses for photographers upon arrival at the closing ceremony of the 78th edition of the Venice ...

FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Josh Brolin, centre, takes photograph with his cell phone at the photo call for the film 'Dune' during the 78t...

FILE - In this Sep, 2, 2021 file photo Oscar Isaac poses for portraits for the film 'The Card Counter' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Fest...

FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Peter Sarsgaard, left, and Maggie Gyllenhaal pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film '...

FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Kristen Stewart poses for photographers upon arrival for the film 'Spenser' during the 78th edition of the Ven...

FILE - In this Sep, 2, 2021 file photo Tiffany Haddish poses for portraits for the film 'The Card Counter' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film ...

FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Members of the public wait for Timothee Chalamet to arrive at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in ...

FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Timothee Chalamet meets fans upon arrival for the photo call of the film 'Dune' at the 78th edition of the Ven...

FILE - In this Sept, 1, 2021 file photo Jury president Bong Joon-ho poses for photographers at the photo call for the jury during the 78th edition of ...

FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Cynthia Erivo poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Last Night in Soho' during the...

FILE - In this Sept, 11, 2021 file photo Anamaria Vartolomei, left, congratulates director Audrey Diwan as she holds the Golden Lion award for 'Happen...

FILE - In this Sept, 3, 2021 file photo Zendaya arrives for the photo call of the film 'Dune' at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venic...

FILE - In this Sept, 8, 2021 file photo Timofey Tribuntsev, left, and Yuriy Borisov pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Kapitan Vol...

FILE - In this Sept, 4, 2021 file photo Oscar Isaac, right, and Jessica Chastain pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Scenes of a Ma...

FILE - In this Sept, 4, 2021 file photo Oscar Isaac, left, and Jessica Chastain pose for portraits for the film 'Scenes from a Marriage' during the 78...

FILE - In this Sept, 11, 2021 file photo Maggie Gyllenhaal holds the Best Screenplay award for 'The Lost Daughter' onstage at the closing ceremony dur...

FILE - In this Sept, 5, 2021 file photo Kate Hudson poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Mona Lisa And The Blood Moon' du...

FILE - In this Sept, 10, 2021 file photo Jennifer Lopez, centre right, and Ben Affleck pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film...

FILE - In this Sept, 11, 2021 file photo Penelope Cruz kisses the Coppa Volpi Best Actress award for 'Parallel Mothers' onstage at the closing ceremon...

FILE - In this Sept, 1, 2021 file photo Audience members watch the opening ceremony of the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. ...

VENICE, Italy (AP) — All across the Lido, you could see it on the stars' faces: sheer joy.

Whether it was Timothée Chalamet's beaming face greeting fans, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain's playfulness for the cameras, Josh Brolin's ear-to-ear grin in the front row of a “Dune” event or those looks exchanged between Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, the 78th Venice International Film Festival mixed elegance and fun in a way rarely seen since early 2020.

Reminders of the pandemic were all around — fans were kept farther back, films played in cinemas with empty seats, and masks remained, albeit in the background. At photo calls and on the red carpets, sunglasses were often the only thing covering stars' faces as the shutters clicked.

Jamie Lee Curtis picked a whimsical pair of shades for one photo op, while Chalamet's giddiness was obvious even when he kept his eyes covered.

There were other accessories to keep up with, as Isaac demonstrated when he amusedly took Chastain's purse during a “Scenes of a Marriage” photo op.

At an event for the “Kapitan Volkonogov Bezhal,” Russian actor Timofey Tribuntsev provided the shenanigans by biting into the jacket of co-star Yuriy Borisov as he pretended to run away.

It wasn't all hijinks. High fashion was on display at premieres, with Zendaya, Penelope Cruz and Lopez wearing some show-stopping gowns.

Inside Venice's movie palaces, a strong slate of films premiered, including Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Mothers,” Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Lost Daughter” and Paolo Sorrentino's “The Hand of God.” The festival concluded Saturday with Audrey Diwan's 1960s-set abortion drama “L’Evenement” (“Happening”) winning the Golden Lion.

Whether Venice proves to be a first step toward greater cinematic glory remains to be seen. But a year after it showed that a (scaled down) film festival could be safely staged in a pandemic, this year's edition showed how it could also be done with mirth and glamour.


Updated : 2021-09-27 08:46 GMT+08:00