Timothée Chalamet proved once again that Haider Ackermann makes clothes that allow the young American star to stand out on the red carpet. Last year's Dune red carpet look worn by Chalamet and designed by the Colombian designer based in Paris ended up in the V&A's 'Fashioning Masculinities' exhibition in London and this one has already taken over the headlines from the Venice International Film Festival.
Chalamet wore the red backless ensemble with confidence and a pair of black short cowboy boots that remind us of those he wore last year under the sparkly black buttonless suit. But we could be wrong. He attended the premiere of Luca Guadagnino's Bones and All, where he plays a sexy bisexual cannibal on a road trip across America. He was joined by his director, who always makes cool albeit less daring fashion choices on the red carpet himself. In fact, during his stay in Venice, Guadagnino donned an entire wardrobe by Loewe, including a bespoke Loewe midnight blue double breasted silk shantung suit, with what appears to be blood-splattered shirt underneath, and cool sunglasses too.
Then there was Alejandro González Iñárritu who is always coolness personified and even accentuated his red carpet good looks with his charming family as his amulets. Here he is for the photo call earlier in the day, trying to tame his unruly curly hair in the Venice wind. Iñárritu was in Venice to present Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths perhaps his most personal film to date.
Speaking of personal, there was also the photo call for Darren Aronofsky's The Whale starring Brendan Fraser. The film is intimate and stunning touching and the entire press conference room was almost in tears when playwright, and the film's scriptwriter Samuel D. Hunter told of his own struggles with food and growing up in the Christian fundamentalist Midwest. The filmmaker and his star were both wearing head to toe pastels and the colors blended beautifully with the backdrop of the Venezia 79 photocall area.
Opening night leading man Adam Driver may have been made to look older and pudgier for his role in White Noise but on the red carpet he was a vision of classy, tuxedoed male beauty, and he has taught audiences how to appreciate him in all his glory. Apparently the star gained weight to play Jack Gladney and left a fat suit to the side collecting dust. But the beer belly has once again been lost and all is well with the world once again.
Don Cheadle also stars in Noah Baumbach's film and he stopped to sign autographs with the fans before the film's premiere in Venice, which was also the opening night of the world renowned film festival, the oldest in the world. He chose a blue suit, with a textured bowtie for the red carpet.
It was also great to finally discover the next Omar Sharif in the figure of the young Lebanese-Egyptian actor Ziad Jallad. Jallad stars in Wissam Charaf's Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous which world premiered in Venice and kicked off the Giornate degli Autori sidebar. Above, he can be seen wearing a smart white linen suit, a shirt to match his azure eyes and his signature smile. The latter makes him not only a favorite as far as looks are concerned -- yes, he is that handsome in person -- but also a kind, lovely human being. And, steady now, he's also smart and speaks English, Arabic and French as first languages, which means three times as many conversations about cinema. Plus, not many men could pull off that 'stache and yet on Jallad it looks divine.
Athena boasted the most testosterone filled red carpet as nearly all the roles in the film are male. Directed by Romain Gavras, the son of renowned Greek-French filmmaker Costa-Gavras, Athena's cast and crew made a stunning red carpet appearance and a bang on the Lido with a film that we won't easily forget.
And finally, last but not least it's all about Bill Nighy, whose film Living is so good that Venice made an exception and featured it in the festival, even though it had already premiered back in the winter at Sundance. And Nighy, well, he's just all that. And more. So much more.
If you want to really enjoy this "slideshow", view it with the music below. La Biennale Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, runs until September 10th, 2022.