La Presse at the 79th Venice Film Festival |  Queen Catherine gets the ball rolling

La Presse at the 79th Venice Film Festival | Queen Catherine gets the ball rolling

The opening night of ’79me The Venice Film Festival was marked by the delivery of an Honorary Golden Lion to Catherine Deneuve, for her entire career. Before the international press, the one that rejects her iconic status presents herself as she is, faithful to her nature. As to White noisethe opening movie, let’s just say it’s all chaos…

Updated yesterday at 7:05 pm

Marc-Andre Lussier

Marc-Andre Lussier
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It was very nice to see her in such good shape. Catherine Deneuve attended the press conference prior to the awarding of the Golden Lion of Honor answering journalists’ questions as she always did: without saying too much, sometimes with an implicit wink, ready to deconstruct all the mythology that has surrounded her. for so many years. Which, ironically, only solidifies it.

Particularly revered by the Italians, with whom she has had a close relationship for a long time (in addition, she has answered several questions in the language of Dante), Catherine Deneuve insists on staying in the here and now, always very active, driven by an unusual passion for cinema, both as an actress and as a spectator.

“It’s always a great pleasure to go see a movie on the big screen, in a room, with people I don’t know. »

She says she is shocked to see the images of a retrospective that sums up her career when such a tribute is paid to her.

“It is a bit difficult to look at what we have done, as if everything was designed for the future. Because it never happens that way. There is a lot of luck, good decisions, sometimes not so good. After so many years, we look at the list and hope we made the best decisions most of the time. It is not a refusal to look at the past, but I prefer the reality of the present. »


PHOTO GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE, REUTERS

Catherine Deneuve receives an honorary Golden Lion

But since it is an award that rewards a whole career, Catherine Deneuve was asked who are the filmmakers that best define her. The actress highlighted three: Jacques Demy (Cherbourg Umbrella, The Ladies of Rochefort, donkey skin), Francois Truffaut (The Mississippi Mermaid, the last meter) and André Téchiné, with whom he works regularly (hotel of the americas, Crime scene). She believes that it is still much easier for an actress her age -78- to find good roles in Europe.

“In the United States, it is starting to change at this level, but it is still in Europe that older actresses can practice their profession. »

She rejects the status of icon, as well as that of sex symbol, which was attributed to her in another era.

“I never saw myself as a sex symbol because I’ve never been there. I didn’t have myself photographed with that in mind either. But it is true that when you mature it becomes a challenge to offer something different from the image that people may have. »

White noiseless convincing…

Noah Baumbach, whose previous film, marriage storyHe also launched at the Mostra, rereading a book he had read as a teenager just before the pandemic. what she found in White noisethe novel that Don DeLillo published in 1985 (Background noise in French), was so in tune with our times that the filmmaker couldn’t resist bringing it to the screen. The project was ambitious, but the result, unfortunately, is half fig, half grape.





While he had dragged us into the harsh reality of a dying relationship with cruel accents of truth in the excellent marriage storyNoah Baumbach takes a completely different direction this time by portraying a family whose life will be constantly disturbed by strange phenomena.

Adam Driver, always excellent, this time gets into the skin of Jack, an academic specializing in the history of Nazism and Adolf Hitler. In front of him, or rather in parallel, a colleague fascinated by the life of Elvis Presley. At home, Jack’s wife (Greta Gerwig) treats her ill life with a drug that no one knows about, and it is the commotion of the day that a truck accident (this film talks a lot about the spectacular role of a movie accident) causes such a toxic cloud effect on the region that this entire Ohio town must be urgently evacuated. With the chaos that this entails.

It is true that the themes addressed by Don DeLillo in his novel, set in the America of a few decades ago, are still as relevant as ever. But after a more “realistic” first part, the story then falls almost into the fantastic, without really getting any coherence. Of course, the quality of the dialogue remains intact and the dark humor effects are quite successful, but White noise It will not have really convinced us.

We will have the opportunity to return to this, since Noah Baumbach’s film, in the race for the Golden Lion, will be released on the Netflix platform on December 30, preceded by a theatrical release a month earlier.


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