5 of the 21 competitors movies are directed by ladies, Barbera stated — down from eight final yr. “It may appear a step backward, however that’s only a partial standpoint,” he added. Feminine administrators appeared to have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic greater than their male counterparts, he stated, including, “I actually hope they’ll have a comeback.”
Bong Joon Ho, the director of “Parasite,” will chair the competitors jury that additionally consists of the British actress Cynthia Erivo and Chloé Zhao, the director of “Nomadland,” which won last year’s Golden Lion and went on to win the Academy Award for best film.
This yr’s pageant may even see the return of blockbusters to Venice, however it’ll nonetheless be removed from enterprise as common. Roberto Cicutto, the pageant’s president, stated on the information convention that guidelines launched final yr to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus, equivalent to obligatory seat reservations and masks for indoor screenings, would probably proceed.
In step with Italian authorities rules coming into drive Aug. 6, anybody attending screenings, and even consuming indoors on the pageant web site, shall be required to show proof of getting acquired a minimum of one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, a latest unfavourable take a look at end result or a certificates exhibiting proof of getting recovered from the sickness up to now six months.
Italy’s authorities introduced the necessities this month as virus numbers rose throughout the nation. On Sunday, the general public well being authorities reported new 4,742 cases. That’s far down from this yr’s peak of over 25,000 new every day circumstances in March, however the rise in circumstances has brought about concern in a rustic that the pandemic hit exhausting final yr.
“This yr, we hoped we may very well be extra relaxed,” Cicutto stated. “In the meanwhile, it isn’t so. However we proceed to hope.”