Well, the Venice Film Festival, for which I still live in hope that Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus will make the cut, is shaping up as a Michael Fassbender showcase. I, of course, have no problem with this. Neither should the Italians.
The hardest working man in showbiz (quoting myself here) could potentially have three, that’s right, three films playing the fest. David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method and Steve McQueen’s Shame are already confirmed. If Steven Soderbergh decides to go with Haywire, then Fassbender will score a hat trick or a triple play; a three-peat as it were. (It is still possible that Soderbergh could decide to bring Contagion to the Lido instead. The latter stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law, so it’s a tossup. Why choose? Bring both! It’s Venice! Let there be bread and circuses! Oh wait…wrong city.)
George Clooney, not one to be outdone, may also have two films featured: Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, as well as The Ides of March, for which George would get extra points, because he directed it. Wow, now that I mention it, since Polanski’s Carnage is done-deal, if Contagion gets added, then Kate Winslet will have a double-header as well.
*I want to gooooo!*
In any case, the 68th Annual Venice International Film Festival is shaping up very nicely. Chaired by director Darren Aronofsky, and in additon to the above mentioned titles, lucky Venetians and jet-setting cinephiles will get to see Tomas Alfredson’s hotly anticipated Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy with the other-worldly cast that includes Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Geoffrey Rush, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch…(Damn it! Uncle Peter says we’re OUT of smelling salts!) Steven Spielberg will arrive with either Tintin or War Horse.
If Coriolanus doesn’t get at least a screening, and it still might, it wasn’t added to Cannes until the last minute, then there’s always Toronto! *shakes fist*