Tom Ford makes comeback at Venice festival with his second movie

Fri Sep 2, 2016 3:43pm EDT
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By Agnieszka Flak and Hanna Rantala

VENICE (Reuters) - After a seven-year hiatus, Tom Ford is back to film making with thriller "Nocturnal Animals" premiering at the Venice Film Festival on Friday, and the busy fashion designer promises he will be back much sooner next time.

"I opened a hundred stores, I had a child, life sort of took over and I didn't find the right project for a few years," Ford told Reuters on the sidelines of the festival.

"So, hopefully three more years until the next one and not seven."

The movie showing in Venice, which stars Amy Adams as an art gallery owner troubled by her ex-husband's novel she receives in the mail after years of silence, is a cautionary tale about coming to terms with the choices we make in life.

"It's really about finding those people in your life that mean something to you and holding onto them," the director said.

"Loyalty is something that is certainly a theme in my personal life ... I don't let go of people when they are wonderful so that to me is what this is about."

The thriller is one of 20 movies competing for the Golden Lion that will be awarded on Sept. 10 at the world's oldest film festival, once again seen as a launch pad for the Oscar season after premiering several winners in its last three editions.

"Nocturnal Animals" is only the second film from the 55-year-old designer-turn-director, whose first foray into directing was in 2009 with "A Single Man", about a gay college professor who loses his longtime partner, which also premiered in Venice and earned its star Colin Firth an Oscar nomination.   Continued...

American director Tom Ford attends the photocall for the movie "Nocturnal Animals" at the 73rd Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi