Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

The crimson carpet at this yr’s Venice Movie Pageant is proving to be in contrast to any earlier than it, with celebrities arriving on the island of Lido in face masks and robes to a muted reception.

The 77th version of the competition is among the first main cultural occasions to happen in Europe because the coronavirus pandemic took maintain on the continent, with the Cannes Movie Pageant canceling its 2020 occasion in Might.

“We’re not proud to be the primary, after the pressured pause, to have the ability to accomplish that,” mentioned Roberto Cicutto, president of competition organizer La Biennale di Venezia, in an on-line assertion. “However we’re happy with having proven… that it may be achieved, setting up all the security measures and presenting a program that has little to envy these of the previous years.”

These security measures embody obligatory face masks, temperature checks, bodily distancing throughout screenings and a wall constructed across the crimson carpet to maintain the general public away.

Although attendance was a lot sparser than in earlier years, celebrities nonetheless touched down on the crimson carpet in type. Tilda Swinton, who’s a Chanel ambassador, arrived on the opening ceremony in a white shirt and black crepe layered skirt from the model’s Spring-Summer time 2020 Haute Couture assortment. The glimmering gold carnival masks she carried was later traded for a loftier gold object: the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, awarded to her in the course of the occasion.
Tilda Swinton attends the opening day of the Venice Film Festival.

Tilda Swinton arrives for the competition’s opening ceremony and first screening. Credit score: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Photos

Actor and jury president Cate Blanchett greeted competition director Alberto Barbera by touching elbows, with each sporting masks. Blanchett paired hers with an Esteban Cortazar cape costume she had beforehand worn to the “Carol” premiere on the 2015 London Movie Pageant.

Elsewhere, mannequin Taylor Hill hit the crimson carpet in an Etro crystal-embroidered floral chiffon robe, whereas Roberta Armani impressed in a vivid blue quantity from her uncle Giorgio’s namesake label.

The way forward for cinema

This yr’s Venice Movie Pageant opened with the premiere of “Lacci,” a romantic drama directed by Daniele Luchetti. The film, which is about in Naples and depicts a wedding on the brink, has been in comparison with Noah Baumbach’s 2019 hit “Marriage Story.” The competition may also see the premieres of flicks together with the Greta Thunberg biopic “Greta,” Pedro Almodóvar’s Swinton-led “The Human Voice,” the moody Frances McDormand street journey story “Nomadland,” and the interval love story “The World to Come,” starring Vanessa Kirby, Katherine Waterston and Casey Affleck.

A quick historical past of the crimson carpet

On stage on the opening ceremony, competition director Barbera voiced his concern about the way forward for cinema, because the pandemic may give streaming companies an extra edge over theaters. “The sensation of watching a movie on the big display with different folks is within the very nature of the movie business,” he mentioned. “We’ve got to help cinemas. Many are nonetheless closed at present, others won’t ever open once more.”

Whereas accepting her Lifetime Achievement award, Swinton emphasised the tenacity of the movie business: “To come back to Venice, this yr of all years, to have a good time immortal cinema and her defiant survival within the face of all of the challenges that evolution may throw at her — as at us all — shall be my honest pleasure.”

This yr’s Venice Movie Pageant is being held on the Venice Lido and runs from September 2-12, 2020.

Scroll by means of the gallery above to see the most effective seems from Venice Movie Pageant’s crimson carpet. The gallery shall be up to date all through the occasion.