Kate Winslet Wins Over Venice Film Fest
Roman Polanski's new comedy Carnage has become a big hit
with critics at the Venice Film Festival - the movie was given a huge round of
applause at an early press screening on Thursday (1 September 2011).
The filmmaker snubbed an invite to attend the world
premiere of his project at the prestigious Italian event, but his absence had
little affect on the media's rousing reaction to the film, which is based on
the hit Broadway play God of Carnage.
The big-screen adaptation stars Kate Winslet, Jodie
Foster, John C Reilly and Christoph Waltz as two sets of parents who meet up
after their kids brawl at school - and their performances have been applauded
by critics. The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy writes, "Roman
Polanski's mastery of films within small spaces is evident in his adaptation of
the Yasmina Reza play."
Meanwhile, a writer for Britain's The Telegraph newspaper
brands Carnage "well-acted and giddily enjoyable", while the
Associated Press reporter notes the comedy drew "rounds of applause and
riotous laughter" at the early screening.
Winslet, Reilly and Waltz were all on hand to celebrate
the big premiere on Thursday afternoon, while Polanski and Foster were notable
Polanski's decision to stay away is said to stem from the
legal battle which ensued after he was arrested at the Zurich Film Festival in
Switzerland in 2009. He subsequently fought extradition to the US to face court
proceedings linked to a 1977 case. Polanski was allowed to walk free following
several months of jail time and house arrest at his Swiss chalet after the
extradition bid fell apart.
Winslet was undoubtedly the star on the red carpet and in
the film, and she was thrilled be part of the project as she's always been a
fan of the legendary director. She says, "When Roman Polanski invites you
to join him in any project you don't really say no. I felt extremely fortunate
to be included."
But the Titanic star admits she was nervous ahead of her
first day on set with the moviemaker: "We are only human beings and we are
still perfectly capable of being terrified, whoever we are."