The Covid-19 pandemic forced every single event of the year to change their plans. The film festivals, usually characterized by movie theatres full of people, thousands of people waiting for their favourite movie stars walking down the red carpet and press rooms, are among the many events that were forced to adapt to the new normal. While some festival, like Cannes and the Toronto Film Festival, has been rescheduled or found an alternative, the 2020 Venice Film Festival will allow guests in. The festival will officially start tomorrow, September 2nd, with the opening ceremony at 19.00 and the lifetime achievement awards to Tilda Swinton and the filmmaker Ann Hui. The Ties, directed by Daniele Luchetti, was selected as the opening film, the first Italian film in 11 years to open the festival. The event will end on September 12th at 19.00 with the Awards Ceremony.
At the moment, is hard to know which international stars will show up to the festival. It depends on eventual quarantine and controls once they arrive in Italy. For now, is confirmed that Cate Blanchett, head of the jury, and Tilda Swinton will walk down the red carpet. As well as Helen Mirren, Stacy Martin, Matthew Goode, Monica Bellucci, Frances McDormand, Shia LaBeouf and Willem Dafoe. The Venice Film Festival introduced all kind of safety norms like the mandatory use of face masks and temperature controls. Is also requested to show up earlier to the screenings so that everything can go on smoothly.