RECAP: 'A Star Is Born' premiere in Venice
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From glamorous boat rides to a blackout at the premiere of her first major film as a lead role, we have Lady Gaga’s “A Star Is Born” Venice International Film Festival premiere covered for you.
It all began when Gaga mysteriously started teasing on Instagram that she had arrived in France, before heading to Venice. Within hours of the close-up picture of her watch telling the local time and the full-body outfit shots, it was confirmed she had touched down in Paris to promote “A Star Is Born”. For the next few days, she and fellow ‘ASIB’ star Bradley Cooper, who also directed the film, were seen meeting together filming interviews. Gaga also reportedly was spotted attending a photo studio, so keep a look out for her new photoshoot soon. It’s safe to say they will be used in upcoming media promoting the film.
Then on Thursday, Gaga touched down in Venice, Italy ready for the world premiere of A Star Is Born, at the The 75th Venice International Film Festival. Before she even arrived at her hotel, which she arrived at via boat, glamorous paparazzi photos began taking the internet by storm of Gaga posing on the vessel. Who knew that candid photos would look like something out of a proper photoshoot?
And finally, the big day came. Early morning on Friday, the very first screening of the film began. Critics and reporters had traveled from all around the world to watch the film. At midday, both Gaga and Cooper attended a press conference. In the 25 minute event, they answered many questions regarding the film and their experience in creating it. Gaga explained that Bradley “pull[ed] a vulnerability” out of her that she “may not have been able to get out of herself. "I never wanted to be viewed like other women, I wanted to be my own artist and have my own vision. I think its the same for Ally in this film, she’s navigating her career and she’s trying to find her place as she transforms”, Lady Gaga added.
Later that night, the pair arrived once again at the big Gala, after both had an outfit change. Gaga stepped out in a fabulous feathered Valentino Fall/Winter 2018 Haute Couture ballgown. They walked side by side down the red carpet to hundreds of photographers, amongst all the flashing lights. Irina Shayke and longtime friend Donatella Versace also walked the red carpet. After posing for photographers for nearly a total of 10 minutes, both Gaga and Cooper met hundreds of fans who had waited all day (some since the night before) to get a glimpse of the pair. As she was about to wrap up her red carpet walk, she took one final step back out to pose, in the pouring rain, and kindly declined when offered an umbrella. She looked like a true Hollywood star and the photographs are priceless. Once done taking pictures and signing autographs, both took their seats inside the theatre to watch the final cut of their upcoming film, in a room of hundreds of others, for the very first time. We also attended and watched the screening of the film. You can read our review here.
Barely twenty minutes into the screening of the film, the venue was reportedly struck by lightning and the power went out. While staff worked to get the power up and running, the audience began to applaud Gaga for the short tease of the film they had already seen. And soon enough, the power was back, and the film resumed.
Following the film, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper received a breathtaking 8 minute standing ovation from the crowd. The reality of the audience’s applause became all too much for Gaga, who started crying tears of joy while the hundreds in attendance continued to show their great appreciation for the film. Gaga and Bradley then headed to the second screening of the film that night.
Then, the ratings and reviews began flooding in online, and the reaction to the film was outstanding. A Star Is Born was rated at 89% on Metacritic (now sitting at 87%) and received a score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, both indicating Universal Acclaim, with some major publications giving the film 5/5 stars!
On their final day in Venice, the pair sat down for an interview with Italian radio station 'Radio 101'. To finish off the trip, Gaga and the Haus went for a walk through the city.
The next day, both headed back home. Gaga was spotted in Malibu in a casual look and took selfies with a fan. After such an incredible week, she barely has a moment to rest before the next big event lined up; the Toronto International Film Festival, where A Star Is Born is next set to premiere. TIFF runs from September 6-16.