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Venice Film Festival 2019 Highlights

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It’s that time of year again when A-list talent descend on iconic gondolas and travel towards Venice for the annual international film festival.

This year for the 76th edition of the event, fashions elite captivated our attention with dazzling looks, backless gowns and feather florals. And, let’s not forget the films which are often those that become contenders for Oscars at the Academy Awards ceremony next year.

Continue reading to find out which films and talent gained instant ‘likes’ and why once again, this red carpet event delivered such memorable moments.

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Woke up with a smile☀️ Thank you @etro and Venice film festival for the most magical opening ceremony. I feel so lucky to have these experiences and see the world with friends ❤️

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THE OPENING FILM

This year’s opening film was by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, who took home the Golden Palm at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for his film Shoplifters.

During the event he presented his first film shot outside his home country: La Vérité (The Truth). Shot in Paris in 2018, it is an intimate family story and stars Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke. Hirokazu Kore-eda’s films are praised for using simple means to tell intense stories about ordinary people in particularly challenging situations.

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The #director #hirokazukoreeda with the actresses #catherinedeneuve @juliettebinoche / #juliettebinoche @ludivinesagnier / #ludivinesagnier and #clementinegrenier at the #photocall of the #openingfilm #laverite #COSBAprod at #Venezia76 • • • #biennalecinema2019 #vff2019 #venicefilmfestival #stars #fashion #filmmaking #videomaking #photography #work #shooting

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WHY ETRO IS THE SUM OF CREATIVE EXPERIMENTATION

This Italian fashion brand has been the talk of the town since collaborating with various talent for this years film event in Venice.

Appointed supermodels including Candice Swanepoel and Elsa Hosk wore their latest designs which featured a custom made mermaid dress in black silk jersey with captivating geometric lines and a custom one-shoulder silhouette gown crafted from golden jersey and together made for an unforgettable appearance at the 76th Venice Film Festival.

So, if you are looking for a standout gown for your next event, we highly recommend you checkout their craftsmanship and their Instagram winning textiles. Did you know they’ve even done conceptual catwalk shows which have focused on unique themes such as Star Wars.

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An ethereal #CandiceSwanepoel brings old Hollywood glamour to the red carpet at the Opening Ceremony of the 76th Venice Film Festival, in a custom-made #Etro one-shoulder dress in golden jersey with deep slit. #BiennaleCinema2019 #Venezia76 #EtroCelebs #EtroInVenice

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FEATHERS BY VALENTINO

It’s safe to say that the Somali-American icon Iman shut down the festival in custom couture.

Arriving to the ceremony by water taxi, the model sported a look from Pierpaolo Piccioli’s latest Valentino Haute Couture collection: a billowing, dramatic violet gown covered from head to toe with ruched taffeta.

With such an opulent piece (and, of course, Iman’s glowing natural beauty) it didn’t take much in the way of accessories to bring the look to life: just a smoky eye, a lick of purple lipstick, and a single diamond earring to add a more sultry touch.

It seems that even if the night might have been largely in celebration of her humanitarian work, Iman was also taking the opportunity to once again serve us an iconic fashion moment—not that we needed reminding.

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Venice Film Festival in @maisonvalentino @pppiccioli Thank you, Pierpaolo, for the chance to be robed in such magnificent garment of your creation! In your command, Valentino remains our elite, pinnacle of glamour. You’re literally our dream weaver. Jewelry @chopard Makeup by @porschefabulous using @imancosmetics Hair @oscarjameshair #VeniceFilmFestival #Venezia76

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