Can’t hide their smiles! Sandra Bullock and George Clooney dazzle on the first day of Venice Film Festival
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney arrived at the opening day of the 70th Venice Film Festival with beaming smiles as their new film kicked off the ten-day extravaganza.
Both stars arrived in the city a day early to rest before the opening night, and it clearly worked as they were simply glowing on the first day of the festival at the Palazzo del Casino on Wednesday.
An effervescent Sandra, 49, was a vision in a colourful pink, green and red fitted dress which accentuated her slender, tanned physique.
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Starting the show: Actors Sandra Bullock and George Clooney arrived in Italy to promote their film Gravity at the 70th anniversary of the Venice Film Festival
The Virginia-born beauty wore only a pair of tan strappy sandals to accessorise her outfit, and left her tumbling brunette locks loose to frame her face which was delicately touched-up with a pink blush and matching pink lipstick.
Clasping onto the Miss Congeniality star’s waist was Clooney, 52, who looked equally as dapper in a navy blue, pinstripe suit and a white shirt with blue pinstripes.
He teamed the outfit with a pair of sunglasses slotted neatly into his blazer pocket, and kept it simple with a black belt and black shoes.
Dazzling: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney looked radiant at the Venice Film Festival, Sandra in a panel pink, green and red dress, with Clooney opting for a sleek pinstripe suit
Chatty: Director Alfonso Cuaron and actress Sandra Bullock char away to each other at the Gravity photocall
The actor looked suitably bronzed and refreshed after enjoying a relaxing summer at his home in Lake Como.
The stars’ new American techno-thriller Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, opens the film festival this year despite not being in the running for an award.
Crowds of dedicated fans waited eagerly near the Palazzo del Casino to get their hands on autographs and take pictures with the Hollywood stars.
Filled with laughter: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney laugh with the camera crew as they open the show
All aboard: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney enjoy their trip on a speed boat while they promote their latest film, Gravity in Venice
Venetian way of life: The pair have only been in Venice for two days but look like they have already taken to the Venetian lifestyle, chilling out on a taxi boat
Dazzling: Actors Sandra Bullock and George Clooney pose for photographers
Bullock and Clooney laughed and relished in the moment together, ahead of their film’s first viewing, which sees the pair as surviving astronauts in a damaged space shuttle.
Clooney, who took a coach from his home in Lake Como along with Sandra and her son Louis, 2, who she adopted back in 2010, visited the sights and sounds of Venice on taxi boats when they arrived the day before the festival.
The pre-opening of the festival took place on Tuesday at the Campo San Polo Arena in Venice featuring the screening of Le mani sulla città (Hands Over the City, 1963) by Francesco Rosi.
Co-stars: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney gaze in admiration of each other at the Venice Film Festival
Directed by Alberto Barbera, the 70th festival will run from August 28 to September 7.
The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote international cinema in all its forms.
The jury will award prizes for feature-length films, including the Golden Lion for Best Film, the Silver Lion for Best Director and a new award, the Grand Jury Prize.
Strangle me now: Sandra jokes around with George on the taxi boat on the way to the photocall
So chic: Aboard the Warner Bros boat, both Sandra and George wore shades as they zoomed across the water to the opening day of the Venice Film Festival
A total of twenty films will vie for the coveted Golden Lion at the world’s oldest film festival, and include Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, starring Christoph Waltz as a reclusive computer genius, and Peter Landesman’s Parkland, which looks into what happened at Dallas’ Parkland hospital the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Director of the festival, Alberto Barbera, said in an interview about the number of bleak films amongst this year’s line-up: ‘Perhaps one of the strongest themes that emerges from all the films is the lack of prospects. There’s an acknowledgment of an extremely problematic situation, in some cases tragic,’ Barbera told a news conference.
‘Cinema mirrors reality, so we can’t complain if auteur films today gives us an image of our times that is not consoling.’
Greeting the crowds: Sandra greeted the fans as they waited eagerly for an autograph and a photo with the star
Hysteria: Girls were literally hysterical as they clung onto George Clooney’s arm at the Venice Film Festival