2 September 2012 3:32 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In the absence of Terrence Malick (naturally…), Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams, it was left to Olga Kurylenko to fly the flag for "To The Wonder" at the film's Venice press conference, alongside producers Sarah Green and Nicolas Gonda and Italian co-star Romina Mondello. But as this morning's screening revealed, "To The Wonder" is Kurylenko's film more than anyone else's (Green referred to her as "the lead") so at least the front-and-center star was on hand. Of course the former Bond girl ("Quantum Of Solace") was delighted that Malick chose her to play Affleck's on/off lover in his sixth feature, but she possibly raised a few eyebrows when she insisted she shared a telepathic connection with the reclusive filmmaker. "In the audition, he didn't have to tell me he was going to work with me," she explained. "The telepathy between us was amazing because on set he didn't need to. »

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