Jeremy Irons at the 2016 Venice Film Festival

Jeremy Irons was in attendance at the 2016 Venice Film Festival to present Jerzy Skolimowski with the Golden Lion for Career Achievement, during the opening of the festival.

Jeremy Irons outlined Skolimowski’s achievements at a ceremony starting at 7pm on Wednesday 31 August.

Irons played the main role in Skolimowski’s 1982 film Moonlighting about Polish workers in London at a time when martial law was introduced in Poland by the country’s then-communist regime.

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Jeremy Irons receives the Premio Eti award in Venice, Italy

And he felt at home in this theater to thrive’


“When I saw the Olympic I felt at home.” No, talking is not a Vicenza, but a great British actor of cinema and theater. Jeremy Irons, who landed in Vicenza yesterday afternoon to attend the seventh edition of the Premio Eti, introduced himself as the press in the meeting held in the afternoon to the Councilor. The English, who received the special award “for his extraordinary ability to combine screen and stage, with equal passion and rigor, and in particular for the interpretation of the character of Antonio in the movie “The Merchant of Venice”, was literally fascinated by the theater. A masterpiece in his life had not ever seen, and that once fell from the car in Piazza Matteotti, and slingshots you to visit.
We did not know where to stop and then we chose a city of Padua or Verona, I do not remember which of the two. In any case, we skipped Vicenza, and we have not seen the theater was really a disgrace. Now that I have visited I can say that it is spectacular. ”

What did it feel when you entered?
The first thing I saw was the door with the wooden structure. Then we went for a ramp and suddenly I found myself inside. It is built with a mix that makes him seem a romantic place of work but also a laboratory for ideas.

Came to mind looking at other theaters?
I immediately thought of the Royal Theater in Bristol, the building where I started and I conveyed the same feeling of Olympus, despite the Royal is a more recent. The spirit of what happened inside the impregnating and that is the beauty you feel the sensation of living. If this theater was used as a museum, would not have had the same fascination. Yet today I felt right at home.

It will then climb an emotion even though for an awards ceremony?
Yes, and I regret not being there to play, even if they are happy to play a few bars of the Merchant of Venice.

If he had to be on this stage his show, which character would have liked to play?
I do not know, because there are different. I could say Prospero, however, I do not speak Italian, and when you go to the theater is important to understand what the actor says. She is a great actor as well as film and theater even in these days in Venice is taking the international exhibition.

Took the opportunity to visit?
No, usually attend the festival only if there are my films in the race. I went to see only the Arsenal, and they told me that the film festival in Venice was a bit ‘disappointing this year.
You know very well the lagoon city.

Can you say what are the differences between the Venice film and the real one?
I am fascinated by this city and I really enjoy talking to people who live there, which is why I consider it alive and real. Certainly, compared to film is no longer a business empire but is the center of tourism.
In addition to acting also approached the role of director.
Yes, over the years my interest has increased. I love to be involved fully in the film and the director is always at the center. I also really like helping others to achieve their performance.

Nicola Negrin