Venice decided to spice up the famous Film Festival by promoting movies about sex and scientology, according to a recent report published by Reuters. These measures are meant to make the prestigious movie gala more attractive to the public and compete against the other film festivals that are held in Rome and Toronto.
In spite of its long tradition, the Venice Film Festival could lose its leading position if artistic directors don’t do something to spice up its look. Alberto Barbera, the new artistic director of the annual showcase knows what it takes to attract the best movies and actors; therefore, he has introduced a small film market within the festival to make it more appealing for studios and crowds.
This year’s 80th edition of the Venice Film Festival could be a lot different than the previous ones. One of the movies that are most-talked this year is “The Master” created by Paul Thomas Anderson. The motion picture describes the practices of a religious cult that bears many similarities with Scientology, the religion which attracts many celebrities including Tom Cruise and John Travolta. The protagonist of the movie, Lancaster Dodd, interpreted by Philip Seymour Hoffman, seems to have been inspired by the real “master” and founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard.
Sex features in many films that will be present on the Lido island this year. The most interesting story, however, remains Brian De Palma’s revenge thriller “Passion” starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace. The two themes, sex and religion, have been well-intuited by South Korean director, Kim Ki-duk as his movie, “Pieta”, has been endowed with all these elements.
Barbera hopes these movies will make a great job drawing audience to the Venice Film Festival as many A-list actors have sat out the annual showcase. George Clooney, who never misses the festival, will not be present at the gala this year. Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp also announced that they will not attend the event. Their absence will, nevertheless, be filled by up-and-coming performers, such as, Zac Efron, Shia LaBeouf and Selena Gomez.