Affleck is in Venice for the festival premiere of Ridley Scott’s medieval epic
The Last Duel
, which also stars his close friend Matt Damon.
Once in the water taxi, the couple had a brief cuddle as Affleck put his arm around Lopez.
The two stars, a glamorous pair known popularly as Bennifer, have recently rekindled their romance after nearly 20 years.
They became the most talked about couple in the celebrity world in the early 2000s, with his-and-her luxury cars and a large 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring for Lopez.
But they abruptly called off their wedding in 2003 and split up a few months later.
The film festival, which is the oldest in the world, is desperate to salvage some of the sparkle and glitz stripped off last year, when coronavirus restrictions kept away many participants, including the major box office draws.
Thanks to stringent anti-Covid controls, La Mostra, as it is known in Italy, has managed to reassert its supremacy as the indispensable springboard for the Oscars.
Among the stars to grace the red carpet this week have been Kristen Stewart – playing Diana, Princess of Wales in Pablo Larrain’s
– Benedict Cumberbatch, Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. The rich sampling of films has wowed audiences and critics.
It has been the showcase for big-budget releases such as
, the €140m sci-fi
The competition kicked off on Wednesday evening with
(Parallel Mothers), the latest movie from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, starring Cruz as one of two women from different generations and backgrounds awaiting childbirth in a maternity ward.
A Golden Lion for career achievement will be awarded to Italy’s Oscar-winning actor and director Roberto Benigni, who is best-known for the 1997 comedy drama
Life is Beautiful
, which he co-wrote, directed and starred in.
Netflix, which has had previous success at the festival with
, is behind two of this year’s hopefuls,
The Power of the Dog
by Jane Campion and Paolo Sorrentino’s
The Hand of God