Jamie Lee Curtis arrives in Venice to receive Leone d’oro alla carriera, the achievement of 35 years working in the entertainment industry. Something natural for the daughter of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, but the path has been very personal also thanks to Michael Myers, the unstoppable killer created by John Carpenter that walked slowly from 1978 until today. John Carpenter was in Venice 20 years ago with Ghosts of Mars, a midnight screening that remains in the history of Venice Film Festival that loves horror for a long time. Neil Marshall’s The Descent was the closing movie in 2005, Peter Jackson was here in 1996 with The Frighteners produced by Robert Zemeckis, the latter came in 2000 came together with What Lies Beneath. Few days after Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho arrives David Gordon Green with the second part of this new trilogy that also produced by Jamie Lee Curtis together with Jason Blum, the king of horror that brought the genre back in the Studios.
Halloween Kills in Venice is dutiful. Specialized festivals such as Fantasia, Sitges and Bruxelles are mines of new talents. Something that the Venice selection team knows very well.
Jamie Lee Curtis has been very intelligent during her whole career in which genres are very important. She started with horror, then comedy, classics like Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda. She worked with great directors such as Kathryn Bigelow (Blue Steel) and John Boorman (The Tailor of Panama) and understood at the right time that series can be resourceful. She turned her exuberant physicality into an icon (the strip of James Cameron’s True Lies is part of the history of cinema) and managed time passing with great intelligence as confirmed by the huge success of Knives Out. Her agenda is full, including a movie based on the famous videogame Borderlands, directed by Eli Roth. And when Miss Lee does not work, she is very committed to the environment and produced her podcast on I Heart Radio. Check it out, it’s golden as well.