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Sandra Bullock was the star turn in week one of the festival as an astronaut adrift – and Lindsay Lohan confounds her critics

The Venice film festival was still being built when we turned up on Tuesday afternoon, the day before the plush red-carpet event that traditionally opens proceedings. Chipboard was everywhere, yet-to-be-occupied food concessions stood empty and forlorn, a lone forklift was casually piloted along the main road outside the Sala Grande, the showpiece film theatre. It would all be finished off in time for the big show the next night, when George Clooney and Sandra Bullock were due to stroll the crimson before the screening of their new film, Gravity.

In the end, everything did get done, and Clooney and Bullock could sizzle for the paparazzi without having to peer over breeze blocks and scaffolding. And their film turned out to have been well worth the trip. Gravity is »

- Andrew Pulver

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