“We have saved the heart”: Venice to host first movie competition of COVID period

Milan, July 28

Fewer A-list stars will stumble out of events alongside the lagoon to be snapped by paparazzi in boats. But organisers of this yr’s Venice movie competition are promising loads of films — on precise screens in entrance of precise audiences — for the primary time for the reason that worldwide pandemic shut showbiz.

More than 50 international locations will take part in what goals to be the primary main in-person movie competition of the COVID period, from September 2 to 12.

“We have saved the heart of the festival,” stated competition director Alberto Barbera, who offered the line-up at a live-streamed press convention.

Temperatures might be checked, each second seat within the cinemas might be left empty and even accredited movie critics must reserve their seats upfront. The variety of movies has been lowered, Barbera stated, however “not by much”.

The principal competitors line-up for the Golden Lion award for greatest movie will embrace 18 titles, in comparison with 21 final yr. Just two are US studio productions — “Nomadland”, a street drama by US-based Chinese director Chloe Zhao starring Frances McDormand, and “The World To Come”, with Casey Affleck.

They will compete towards works by Israel’s Amos Gitai and Russia’s Andrei Konchalovsky, and 4 Italian movies, together with Gianfranco Rosi’s “Notturno”, in regards to the Syrian battle.

Titles screening out of competitors embrace “The Duke”, a criminal offense comedy from Notting Hill director Roger Michell starring Helen Mirren, and “Greta”, a documentary portrait of Swedish local weather activist Greta Thunberg.

“We are not proud to be the first ones. We would have wanted all festivals to take place and this situation not to have happened,” stated Roberto Cicutto, chairman of the Biennale basis which hosts the competition, including: “But we are pleased with what we have managed to organise.” Reuters

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