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  • Writer's pictureMax Markowitz

Venice Film Festival & The Emmys

Hope Wrapped In Love

COVID-19 is still living amongst us like phantoms but we are so much farther along than we were a year ago. Cinema is really starting to resurface, so much so that both the Venice Film Festival and the Emmys took place in person this year!

Those who attended seemed so happy to be there and spoke so passionately about their work. That was an absolutely beautiful thing to witness on screen. On youtube, there are red carpet moments and interviews you can watch that are just a click away. Film Festivals are perfect for promoting films and a lot was shown that I can’t wait to review for you all.

Pablo Larrain’s Spencer with Kristen Stewart as Diana Spencer was praised as was Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut The Lost Daughter with Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson, The Card Counter with Oscar Issac, and Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog with Oscar WIN predictions for Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst.

The Venice Film Festival press screenings for these films are all on Youtube and I encourage you all to watch them. Seeing filmmakers back in their element is a true sight for sore eyes. The Emmys were just as wonderful. The gratitude on display was so touching and due to covid, TV has been our cinema for a while now. That said, I was so pleased to see the following winners for their incredible work. Olivia Colman, Kate Winslet, Jean Smart, Ewan Mcgregor, Josh O, Connor, and Julianne Nicholson were among the many actors who won last night. I absolutely lost it when Olivia Colman tearfully thanked her late father who died during covid. The Queen’s Gambit won for Miniseries while The Crown took home Best Drama.

These long honored ceremonies are my hopes wrapped in love. Hope that the norm of the community we saw at these events is just the beginning. Things are bound to get worse in so many areas of our lives with covid and a whole host of other problems bearing down on us. I think films, whether that be cinema or TV, cable or live streaming serve as a lifeboat of distraction and a sense of security from this sinking ship of a country that sometimes seems like it is going down by the stern. Who knows what the future holds but from what I saw last night, the lifejackets are safely tucked away, you just have to reach out and grab one when you need one!

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