Clooney, Bullock space thriller Gravity opens Venice film fest
VENICE, Veneto (AFP) - Hollywood high-rollers George Clooney and Sandra Bullock kicked off the Venice film festival on Wednesday with a harrowing space drama that opens a line-up flush with gloomy tales.
Gravity, a 3-D sci-fi thriller, sees Clooney and Bullock as astronauts who are flung into deep space when a debris shower destroys their shuttle.
The stars sashayed down the red carpet to the song Mambo Italiano for the opening ceremony of the world's oldest film festival, drawing wild screams from adoring fans who held up signs reading "We love you!" Bullock, who stunned in a red, strapless, floor-length gown with a slit up the middle of the skirt to show off towering black heels, took photographs with devotees while a broadly-smiling Clooney in black tie signed hundreds of autographs.
The American actress, who wore her dark locks up, had reportedly spent a few days in Clooney's villa in Lake Como before the festival. Directed by Mexico's Alfonso Cuaron of Children Of Men fame, Gravity induces anxiety, with terrifying shots from inside the astronauts' helmets as they spin wildly and lose all radio contact with Earth.