Venice Film Festival

Gravity, the new film directed by Alfonso Cuarón starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney will be the opening film of the Venice Film Festival, held from August 28th to September 7th. The film, out of competition, will be screened on August 28th in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido. The opening ceremony to follow will be hosted by the actress Eva Riccobono.

At its 70th edition, the Venice Film Festival is directed by Alberto Barbera, Italian film critic who, in 2011 replaced Marco Müller, and since 2012 has been the artistic director of Rome International Film Festival.

Director Bernardo Bertolucci will be President of the International Jury of the Venezia 70 Competition, while the President of the International Jury for the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film will be Haifaa Al Mansour. Al Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia who, during 2012 edition presented Wadjda- the green bike – a film that has been a great success both in Venice during 2012 Film Festival and all around the world.

The 70th Venice Film Festival, organized by Biennale di Venezia, continues to be one of the main events for the global film world, a place where the Seventh art is proposed in all its artistic, cultural and industrial facets. As always, during the Festival, great space will be given to retrospectives and homage to people and artistic movements that made the history of cinema and cinematography. This year, William Friedkin will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. He is one of the maximum contributor of the New Hollywood, the train of actors and directors that between the ‘60s and the ‘80s revolutioned the way of making movies in the United Stated, in particular Friedkin is one of the maximum innovators of horror and crime movies.

During the days of the Festival, Ciak, the most influential Italian monthly film magazine, and the city-magazine Venezia News will be responsible for the official Daily, a newspaper with programmes, curiosities and news from the Festival. Daily will be the official authority of the Festival, a useful tool to know everything you need about this 70th edition, a daily service aimed to professionals and audience, with film presentations, exclusive interviews, curiosities and special reportages.

The Venice Film Festival offers to under 26 and over 60 the chance to purchase a promotional pass that allows admission to more than 200 screenings. The pass costs 150€ for 11 days and 110€ for 10 days. It is important to remind that access to screenings is forbidden to the under 18 years of age.

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