Venice, September 5 (Reuters) – Hollywood star Kate Hudson and South Korean actress Jeon Jong-seo play two outsiders on a collision course with their surroundings in Ana Lily Amirpour’s competition entry “Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon” by Ana Lily Amirpour.
The fantasy adventure begins with Jeon’s mysterious Mona Lisa, who uses supernatural powers to break out of the high-security wing of a mental hospital in New Orleans. On the run from the police, she finds herself in the noisy French Quarter of the city, where she comes to the aid of the exotic dancer and single mother Bonnie (Hudson), who in turn takes her in.
Mona Lisa, with a penchant for junk food and an affection for outsiders, forms an unusual friendship with Bonnie’s young son Charles and a local drug dealer (Ed Skrein), unfazed by her otherworldly skills.
“I wanted to find out what is optimistic about this madness we are all in. And I think friendship is so defining and important. It feeds us so much and it can take so many forms,” Amirpour said in an interview with Reuters before the world premiere of the film in Venice.
“I’ve definitely always been an outsider in almost every way, literally from somewhere else, looked different, spoke differently, adapted and survived and just wasn’t attuned to the things that seemed to interest everyone when I somehow found my own Space, “said the English-born American-Iranian filmmaker at a press conference.
Amirpour, whose dystopian thriller “The Bad Batch” premiered in Venice in 2016, cast Hudson in a role enjoyed by actress “Almost Famous” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”.
“She was pregnant when I first met her. I was like, ‘So if we can get the baby out, are you going to be a stripper?’ And she was like ‘yeah, cool’ ”, Amirpour joked at the press conference.
“I found this kind of like a celebration for people who have very hard lives,” Hudson, 42, told Reuters.
“I think it’s so liberating to just be able to live the way you want to and not worry about what other people think of your choices. And it was fun. It was fun to go into that with Bonnie, ”added Hudson.
With Mona Lisa, Amirpour wanted to create a new type of hero who could reinvent himself as he moved through different environments.
“This is freedom. This is exciting,” Amirpour told the press conference, adding that she hoped her protagonist would inspire young viewers to embrace their inner weirdo.
Reporting by Hanna Rantala; Adaptation by Sandra Maler
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