Catherine Deneuve, the eyes of the directors, drugs … Benoît Magimel’s confidences at the Venice Film Festival

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Meeting on the Lido with the French actor, magnificent in Lovers by Nicole Garcia. Without mask or wooden tongue but with barrier gestures.

By Etienne Sorin

In Amants by Nicole Garcia, the only French film in competition at the Venice Film Festival, Benoît Magimel is masterful.
In Lovers by Nicole Garcia, the only French film in competition at the Venice Film Festival, Benoît Magimel is masterful. TIZIANA FABI / AFP

Benoît Magimel is in Venice and he still has not seen Lovers, the romantic thriller of Nicole Garcia, the only French film in the competition in which he plays alongside Stacy Martin and Pierre Niney. He will find out this Thursday evening, even, during the gala session. There he is masterful in the role of Leo, a man in love ready to do anything to keep his wife.

Is this your first time at the Venice Film Festival?

I came to Venice a very long time ago, between 15 and 20 years ago. I don’t remember which film but I remember the arrival by boat very well. It remains mythical. Nothing has changed, the shuttles are the same.

The festival takes place in the midst of a pandemic. How do you live it?

I’m not freaked out, rather serene. Not having contact with the public is a bit sad. We were told that we were going to have to walk on the red carpet behind a wall (a health measure to prevent crowds and sources of contamination, Editor’s note)… It all has a funny flavor.

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