Venice Film Festival 2021: Olivia Williams stuns in a sweeping yellow gown


Olivia Williams looked radiant when she stepped onto the Kinéo Award red carpet on Sunday alongside her actor husband Rhashan Stone.

Slipping into a sweeping yellow gown for day five of the Venice Film Festival, the actress, 52, beamed for photographers while posing by her 51-year-old husband’s side.

Olivia – who will be taking over the role of Camilla Parker Bowles in the fifth season of The Crown – wore her hair swept back and accessorised with chic drop earrings, while Rashan cut a dapper figure in a smart black suit.

Radiant: Olivia Williams, 52, looked radiant when she stepped onto the Kinéo Award red carpet on Sunday alongside her actor husband Rhashan Stone, 51

Yellow: Slipping into a sweeping yellow gown for day five of the Venice Film Festival, the actress beamed for photographers

Yellow: Slipping into a sweeping yellow gown for day five of the Venice Film Festival, the actress beamed for photographers

The brunette beauty’s sweeping gown boasted high neck detailing and a wraparound waist showcased doting mother Olivia’s trim waist.

She carried her belongings in a small sequined tote and was also sporting an immaculate mocha-hued manicure.

The Kinéo award has been handed out at the festival for the past nineteen years and its mission is to promote and celebrate Italian cinema.

The 2021 Venice Film Festival will take place from 1-11 September, and is considered one of the world’s oldest awards ceremonies and one of the ‘Big Five’ events.

Hair up: Olivia wore her hair swept back and accessorised with chic drop earrings, while Rashan cut a dapper figure in a smart black suit

Hair up: Olivia wore her hair swept back and accessorised with chic drop earrings, while Rashan cut a dapper figure in a smart black suit

All in the details: The brunette beauty's sweeping gown boasted high neck detailing and a wraparound waist showcased doting mother Olivia's trim waist

All in the details: The brunette beauty’s sweeping gown boasted high neck detailing and a wraparound waist showcased doting mother Olivia’s trim waist

The jury is headed by Parasite frontman Bong Joon Ho, who said he is ‘honoured to be woven into its beautiful cinematic tradition.

‘As president of the jury — and more importantly as a perpetual cinephile — I’m ready to admire and applaud all the great films selected by the festival. I’m filled with genuine hope and excitement.’

The jury is also comprised of director Saverio Costanzo, actress Virginie Efira, star Cynthia Erivo, actress Sarah Gadon, documentarian Alexander Nanau, and director Chloé Zhao.

Immaculate: She carried her belongings in a small sequined tote and was also sporting an immaculate mocha-hued manicure

Immaculate: She carried her belongings in a small sequined tote and was also sporting an immaculate mocha-hued manicure

This year’s festival also invited two Afgan filmmakers, Sahraa Karimi and Sahra Mani, to discuss the Taliban’s takeover of the country, with ‘particular attention to the situation of filmmakers and artists’.

The topic of the panel will be ‘the dramatic situation of Afghan filmmakers and artists in general, the need for the creation of humanitarian corridors and the guarantee of the granting of political refugee status, as well as concern for their future and the need to provide for their accommodation once they arrive in Europe.’

Oscar-winning Italian director Roberto Benigni, who helmed the acclaimed Life is Beautiful, will also be honoured with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

Festival: The 2021 Venice Film Festival will take place from 1-11 September, and is considered one of the world's oldest awards ceremonies and one of the 'Big Five' events

Festival: The 2021 Venice Film Festival will take place from 1-11 September, and is considered one of the world’s oldest awards ceremonies and one of the ‘Big Five’ events

In a statement he said: ‘My heart is full of joy and gratitude. It is an immense honour to receive such an important recognition of my work from the Venice International Film Festival.’

This year’s festival has also seen the grand return of its star-studded red carpet premieres, after last year’s event was drastically scaled back due to the Covid pandemic.

Last year’s occasion saw a significantly smaller number of guests in attendance, will all red carpet arrivals required to adhere to social distancing, with temperature checks and mask wearing mandatory at the event.

Despite its return, this year’s festival is still adhering to strict Covid guidelines, following a rise in cases in Italy.

Public access to the red carpet is banned, and more than 10 testing stations have been set up.

All attendees must show proof of a negative test or vaccination to enter a screen, and masks are required indoors.

Exciting: It was announced in May that Olivia would be taking over the role of Camilla Parker Bowles in the fifth season of The Crown

Exciting: It was announced in May that Olivia would be taking over the role of Camilla Parker Bowles in the fifth season of The Crown



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