Golden Lion at Venice – Chazelle’s prior work with Stone adds a layer to the discussion

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At the Venice Film Festival, “Poor Things,” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Emma Stone, won the prestigious Golden Lion award. The film, based on Alasdair Gray’s novel, centers on Bella Baxter, a character brought back to life by a mad scientist, portrayed by Stone, who delivers a performance exploring her character’s newfound world and sexuality​​​​.

The jury, led by American filmmaker Damien Chazelle, known for his acclaimed works such as “La La Land” and “Babylon,” awarded the film amidst a competitive field. Chazelle’s role as the head of this year’s Competition jury brought an additional layer of interest, given his previous collaboration with Emma Stone in “La La Land,” where she delivered an Oscar-winning performance. This connection has sparked conversations about the intricacies of film industry relationships and their impact on award decisions​​​​.

This event raises questions about the nature of award selections and the potential influence of past collaborations and relationships within the industry. While the merit of “Poor Things” is widely recognized, the backdrop of Chazelle’s prior work with Stone, who is also credited as a Producer on “Poor Things”, adds a layer to the discussion, pondering whether other films stood a fair chance. It highlights the ongoing debate about transparency and the criteria for awarding cinematic achievements in prestigious festivals.

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