Fashion’s Finest Shine at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival

Fashion’s Finest Shine at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival – words Alexa Wang

The sun drenched shores of Venice Lido Island, and the epic red carpets of Salas Giardino and Grande of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, set the backdrop for fashion movers and shakers to show a different side of their creative and business talents.

The 2016 Festival saw the screening of Franca: Chaos and Creation – a feature length documentary on Franca Sozzani’s trailblazing and iconic tenure as Vogue Italia editor-in-chief.  The documentary goes deep into the extraordinary ethos that drives Franca.   The movie tells her story only the way her son, Emmy nominated film director Francesco Carrozini, could tell it.

The magnificent Tom Ford proved once again that whatever he touches will be massive success with the Sala Grande screening of Nocturnal Animals.  Mr. Ford’s superstar furthering turn as writer, director, and co-producer of this keep you on the edge of your seat thriller with deep meaning, stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal.  In the end, the top Venice Film Festival Jury Prize went to Lav Diaz of the Philippines for The Woman Who Left.  Mr. Ford brought home the Grand Jury Prize.

Franklin Eugene, fresh off the global success of the fashion collection Franklin Eugene – A Cut Above, graced the Sala Grande red carpet in support of the Derek Cianfrance directed period drama ‘The Light Between Oceans’ in which love triumphs over pain and loss. Mr. Eugene, is a producer of Love Gilda a feature length documentary currently in production. A tax deductible donation to Love Gilda can be made here.  Mr. Eugene was also at the festival to discuss production of a new feature in development.

The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world.  The Festival’s 73rd edition saw thousands of actors, film industry professionals, fashion leaders, and fans descend on Venice San Marco and Lido Islands.  This year’s big winners included:

Golden Lion – The Woman Who Left by Lav Diaz

Silver Lion (Grand Jury Prize) – Nocturnal Animals by Tom Ford

Silver Lion (Best Director):

Amat Escalante for The Untamed

Andrei Konchalovsky for Paradise

Volpi Cup:

Best Actor – Oscar Martínez for The Distinguished Citizen

Best Actress – Emma Stone for La La Land

Best Screenplay Award – Noah Oppenheim for Jackie

Special Jury Prize – The Bad Batch by Ana Lily Amirpour

Marcello Mastroianni Award – Paula Beer for Frantz

Fashion’s Finest Shine at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival – words Alexa Wang