In this year’s edition, the Venice Film Festival had its first big red carpet yesterday with the parade of stars such as Javier Bardem, Olivia Colman, Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and a Kristen Stewart that monopolized the flashes for the premiere of Spencer, the long-awaited film by Chilean director Pablo Larraín about Lady Di. “There are people who are endowed with an undeniable energy,” she said of royalty at a press conference, where she also addressed what it meant for her to give life to the most sought-after woman in the press of the 90s.
“When I look at photos of her I feel like the earth is shaking, but I also see that she was desperate to connect with someone, It is shocking that she was able to make people feel so good by feeling so bad, “the actress told the press and spoke about the relationship with fame and the similarities that she would have found with the subsequent siege that the Princess of Wales suffered. “She was the most photographed woman in the world, I’m not at that level. I have tried a high level of that, but nowhere near that monumental and symbolic representation of a whole group of people. Sometimes you can feel that you are not in control of the situation or what they think of you, but that is something that happens to everyone ”.
On how she handled the siege and the covers (she lived it after ending her courtship with Robert Pattinson), she added: “When you know that the story on the street is wrong, there is no where to correct it. But that’s how life was for her, and at some point you’re going to show your teeth, because we’re animals and it’s natural. I think everyone feels that they knew it, which is the beauty of her, you think you are her friend, but, ironically, she was the most unknown person ”.
The film is set on a Christmas weekend during which Diana decides to end her failed marriage to Prince Charles. “But in addition to being so normal and captivating, she also felt so isolated and so alone. He needed everyone else to feel accompanied and strengthened by this beautiful light, and all he wanted was to get it back. He had his heart on his sleeve, for me that was the coolest thing he ever did ”.
Kristen stated that there is an important lesson she has learned. “We are not on a predestined path, it is always possible to take charge of our life, even if it is difficult to make those decisions.”
“A movie for my mother”
In turn, Larraín described Stewart as his “miracle” and that one of the reasons for making Spencer was to want to “make a movie that his mother would like.” She says that Diana’s impact was such that her mother wanted to dress like her. “I wanted to make a movie that could somehow relate to what I think someone like my mother sees in Diana.”
After its premiere in Venice, critics describe Spencer as “a fable of a true tragedy.” The Hollywood anticipates the following. Stewart’s Diana has been on the brink of hysteria from the start. She’s edgy, brittle, often aggressively defensive, and yet deeply vulnerable in a movie that puts her through a psychological drain with overtones of outright horror. This is a far cry from the more decorous treatment of Netflix’s’ The Crown, ‘which depicted the painful unraveling of Diana and Carlos’ marriage in season four in tones of resolute sympathy for the stranger caught in the cold of a real public relations nightmare. ”.
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