‘Corpse’ brings life to Lido

Religion, sex mix in Venice

VENICE — The Vatican, sex and death dominated the Lido Wednesday, as Venice Patriarch Cardinal Angelo Scola paid a visit to honor cinema while Gallic sex-tourism drama “Heading South” and Tim Burton’s animated “Corpse Bride” preemed.

Scola handed out the Vatican-sponsored Robert Bresson prize to Polish thesp-helmer Jerzy Stuhr, protag of Krzysztov Zanussi’s competition entry “Persona Non Grata.”

“Cinema is of great interest to the church,” said the prelate, who is considered close to Pope Benedict XIV.

“Movies are one of the most powerful expressive media to answer the following question: ‘In the end, does anybody love me?’ ” the cardinal opined.

Three older women ask themselves just that question in “Heading South,” Laurent Cantet’s competition entry set at a beach resort in 1980s Haiti, where the trio have traveled to pick up young locals.

“Cinema rarely talks about female desire,” said Cantet at the pic’s press conference, also attended by pic’s star Charlotte Rampling.

Age is not an issue in Burton’s stop-motion fable “Corpse Bride,” in which a man marries a dead woman.

Burton blitzed the Lido with wife Helena Bonham Carter, who voices the bride, but sans co-star Johnny Depp, expected to tubthump the Warner Bros. pic in Toronto.

Burton said he had drawn visual inspiration for “Corpse” from cult Italo horrormeister Mario Bava’s “Curse of the Living Dead.”

Fest ends with the awards ceremony Saturday.

More Film

  • 'Change in the Air' Review

    Film Review: 'Change in the Air'

    VENICE — The Vatican, sex and death dominated the Lido Wednesday, as Venice Patriarch Cardinal Angelo Scola paid a visit to honor cinema while Gallic sex-tourism drama “Heading South” and Tim Burton’s animated “Corpse Bride” preemed. Scola handed out the Vatican-sponsored Robert Bresson prize to Polish thesp-helmer Jerzy Stuhr, protag of Krzysztov Zanussi’s competition entry […]

  • Norman Lloyd Dead

    SAG-AFTRA to Honor Norman Lloyd, June Lockhart

    VENICE — The Vatican, sex and death dominated the Lido Wednesday, as Venice Patriarch Cardinal Angelo Scola paid a visit to honor cinema while Gallic sex-tourism drama “Heading South” and Tim Burton’s animated “Corpse Bride” preemed. Scola handed out the Vatican-sponsored Robert Bresson prize to Polish thesp-helmer Jerzy Stuhr, protag of Krzysztov Zanussi’s competition entry […]

  • O_163_wem_1360_comp_v003_01,1159 2 – L-R: Gwilym Lee

    ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    VENICE — The Vatican, sex and death dominated the Lido Wednesday, as Venice Patriarch Cardinal Angelo Scola paid a visit to honor cinema while Gallic sex-tourism drama “Heading South” and Tim Burton’s animated “Corpse Bride” preemed. Scola handed out the Vatican-sponsored Robert Bresson prize to Polish thesp-helmer Jerzy Stuhr, protag of Krzysztov Zanussi’s competition entry […]

  • The Flash Ezra Miller

    Flash Standalone Movie Pushes Start Date, Eyes 2021 Release (EXCLUSIVE)

    VENICE — The Vatican, sex and death dominated the Lido Wednesday, as Venice Patriarch Cardinal Angelo Scola paid a visit to honor cinema while Gallic sex-tourism drama “Heading South” and Tim Burton’s animated “Corpse Bride” preemed. Scola handed out the Vatican-sponsored Robert Bresson prize to Polish thesp-helmer Jerzy Stuhr, protag of Krzysztov Zanussi’s competition entry […]

  • Movie Ticket Prices Down Slightly to

    Movie Ticket Prices Drop Slightly to $8.83 for Third Quarter

    VENICE — The Vatican, sex and death dominated the Lido Wednesday, as Venice Patriarch Cardinal Angelo Scola paid a visit to honor cinema while Gallic sex-tourism drama “Heading South” and Tim Burton’s animated “Corpse Bride” preemed. Scola handed out the Vatican-sponsored Robert Bresson prize to Polish thesp-helmer Jerzy Stuhr, protag of Krzysztov Zanussi’s competition entry […]

  • BTS Billboard Music Awards, Show, Las

    BTS Announce Premiere Date for 'Burn the Stage: The Movie'

    VENICE — The Vatican, sex and death dominated the Lido Wednesday, as Venice Patriarch Cardinal Angelo Scola paid a visit to honor cinema while Gallic sex-tourism drama “Heading South” and Tim Burton’s animated “Corpse Bride” preemed. Scola handed out the Vatican-sponsored Robert Bresson prize to Polish thesp-helmer Jerzy Stuhr, protag of Krzysztov Zanussi’s competition entry […]

  • John Cena

    John Cena to Star in 'Playing With Fire' for Paramount Players (EXCLUSIVE)

    VENICE — The Vatican, sex and death dominated the Lido Wednesday, as Venice Patriarch Cardinal Angelo Scola paid a visit to honor cinema while Gallic sex-tourism drama “Heading South” and Tim Burton’s animated “Corpse Bride” preemed. Scola handed out the Vatican-sponsored Robert Bresson prize to Polish thesp-helmer Jerzy Stuhr, protag of Krzysztov Zanussi’s competition entry […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content