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70th Venice International Film Festival

This year sees the 70th Venice International Film Festival, organized by the Venice Biennale.

70th Venice Film Festival

The film festival will be directed by Alberto Barbera and held, as usually, at the Lido of Venice from 28 August to 7 September.

Along with retrospectives and tributes, the festival promotes international cinema in all forms – as art, entertainment and industry.

Opening the festival this year is the much-anticipated sci-fi movie Gravity directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men). It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as engineer and veteran astronaut on a space-shuttle mission that goes scarily wrong.

Gravity with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock

To celebrate the important milestone of 70 editions, 70 directors were asked to make a short film with total freedom of expression. So Venice 70 – Future Reloaded is a large collective homage already defined as one of the most anticipated moments of the 2013 Venice Film Festival.
Trials and new digital technologies will be the guidelines of the films in the competition – a journey through the varied proposals of contemporary cinema that make the event so interesting despite the difficulties of an economic crisis that not even the film industry is immune from.
The 70th Venice Film Festival has scheduled four categories: Venezia 70, Horizons, Venice Classics and Out of Competition and three prestigious international juries, chaired by Bernardo Bertolucci, Paul Schrader and Haifaa Al Mansour. The welcome return of the Sala Web and the Biennale College Cinema, inaugurated last year and many other guests are ready to tread the catwalks of the Venetian red carpet.

Palazzo del Cinema


Framed in the vast stage of the Biennale, the first Venice Film Festival was in 1932 and enjoys the distinction of the oldest film festival in the world: large projections, celebrity guests and unique festivals enliven the historic Palazzo del Cinema of Venice – Lido.
From the point of view of the critics, the most important award is the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale and considered one of the most prestigious film awards, like the Golden Palm in Cannes and the Golden Bear in Berlin.



An event not to be missed!
From the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Sant’Elena you can take waterbus line n. 5.1 or 5.2 line to Lido, Santa Maria Elisabetta stop. Or from Saint Mark Square the special line “Venice Film Festival” that will carry you directly to the nearest stop from the Palazzo del Cinema. Extra courses will scheduled by ACTV allowing people to reach Venice after the shows.
Stay tuned to discover the complete lineup of the 70th International Film Festival!

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