BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Dark drama Spencer captures Princess Diana's despair

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Kristen Stewart stars in a dark drama that captures Princess Diana’s despair

The melodrama of paranoia that is Spencer will finally be unveiled at the Venice Film Festival later today.

Starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, it will enjoy the full red carpet glamour at its world premiere.

The movie will also receive a gala in the UK, at the Royal Festival Hall on October 7, as part of the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival.

The melodrama of paranoia that is Spencer will finally be unveiled at the Venice Film Festival

The film, starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana (pictured), is not a historical document but more how the filmmakers imagined turmoil she was going through during her final Christmas

By then, it would also have played at festivals in Telluride and Toronto.

The film, directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain, is not a historical document. 

Rather, it’s how Larrain and screenwriter Steven Knight imagine the turmoil Diana was going through as she joined the royal family at Sandringham for what would be her last Christmas.

The princess was pronounced dead at 4.57am on August 31, 1997 — as it happens, I was here in Venice then, as well — but it’s clear that people are still obsessed with her.

A poster for the film, showing Stewart wearing a Chanel haute couture embroidered dress . . . and bent double, throwing up (though the loo has been excised from the image), has already gone viral.

And the trailer, in which Diana’s despair is evident, has been watched more than two million times on Twitter.

A short clip from Spencer was shown during the Venice Film Festival’s opening ceremony on Wednesday night but the film is expected to be shown in full at the festival later today

A short clip from Spencer was shown during the Venice Film Festival’s opening ceremony on Wednesday night.

Expect to see the princess having an imaginary conversation with Anne Boleyn, played by Amy Manson, according to the credits.

A thorough study of the trailer also shows a scene where Diana has sewn up the curtains in her room, clearly to stop prying eyes from looking in.

I have not yet seen the movie; but I’m keen to know why Stewart’s Diana is wearing an old raincoat over her Chanel gown. I suspect the garment is connected to a close family member . . . her father, perhaps?

British film studios were scared to touch the film. Or maybe, they simply didn’t care to.

In awe of the hand of Sorrentino

Director Paolo Sorrentino says his latest film, The Hand Of God, is his ‘most personal’ yet.

The story unfolds so gently, so deliciously, so movingly that I don’t want to give too much away — except to tell you that it’s set in the 1980s. And that the title does indeed refer to that Diego Maradona goal!

The movie, which was filmed in Sorrentino’s birth-city of Naples, stars Filippo Scotti as Fabietto Schisa, a teenager who is based on the director himself.

It’s 21-year-old Scotti’s debut film. And when we chatted on the terrace of the Excelsior Hotel, overlooking the sea, he was clearly overwhelmed by the occasion.

Pictured: Director Paolo Sorrentino pictured, right, with actor Filippo Scotti, left, who plays Fabietto Schisa in his new film Hand of God, a teenager who is based on the director himself

‘I didn’t realise that Venice meant all this,’ he said; referring to the place as one of the fabled temples of cinema.

Sorrentino, who also directed Michael Caine in Youth, one of the star’s best late-age films, has made a beautiful movie about events in his life that inspired him to become a filmmaker.

The Netflix production is headed to the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado this weekend, and will show up at the London Film Festival next month, too.

Jet-setting Benedict Cumberbatch was at the world premiere of Jane Campion’s sublime The Power Of The Dog in Venice.

They, and others from the Netflix delegation, went from the screening to Marco Polo airport, where a plane took them to Colorado in the U.S. for the Telluride Film Festival tonight.

Watch out for…

Ruth Wilson and Tom Burke, who star in True Things, a new film directed by Harry Wootliff.

It uses Deborah Kay Davies’s novel True Things About Me as a starting point — meaning it’s inspired by, but not a full adaptation — to explore a young woman’s decision to take off with a thoroughly unsuitable man.

Ruth Wilson and Tom Burke in True Things, a film by the BBC, BFI and Jude Law’s production company which explores a woman’s decision to take off with a thoroughly unsuitable man

It’s a terrific film with a standout performance from Wilson, who also produced the film with Jude Law’s production company, BBC Film and the British Film Institute. It’s showing at the Venice Film Festival from today.

Penelope Cruz, who gives a scorching performance in Pedro Almodovar’s superb new picture Parallel Mothers, about ‘imperfect mothers’, as the director put it (a deliberate contrast to the perfect ones featured in many of his other films), and also about the trauma carried through several generations of the Spanish civil war. 

There’s terrific work, too, from co-stars Milena Smit, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon and Israel Elejalde.

Pictured: Penelope Cruz gives a scorching performance in Pedro Almodovar’s Parallel Mothers

Virginie Efira, who stars in Antoine Barraud’s intense drama Madeleine Collins, about a woman leading a double life with a family in France — and a second one in Switzerland.

Ms Efira is dazzling. I bet a Hollywood studio will snap up the remake rights.

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