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From Al Pacino as a humble locksmith to Jennifer Aniston as a high-flying therapist, these are the most exciting movies for the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Sant’Elena at this year’s Venice Film Festival

In the year when Italian cinema took the foreign-language Oscar for “The Great Beauty,” the Venice Film Festival comes back with its charm and glamour. The festival is one of Europe’s premier venues for innovative filmmaking.

La Mostra, as it is informally known (derived from the Italian word for “show”) has opened on August 27th, 2014 with the premier of Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance.

The seventy-first Venice Film Festival runs till September 6th, 2014 and features new films from all over the world – including early Oscar contender ‘Birdman’.

Here are the movies in competition that we can’t wait to catch.

Birdman or (the unexpected virtue of ignorance) by Alejandro González Iñárritu

A black comedy that tells the story of an actor—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. It’s already getting stellar reviews from critics.

Manglehorn by David Gordon Green

It’s Al Pacino’s year, with the tale of a locksmith regretting the woman who got away. From ‘Pineapple Express’ and ‘Joe’ director David Gordon Green, this promises to be a thoughtful, heartfelt comedy drama.



La Rancon de la Gloire by Xavier Beauvois

French actor-director Xavier Beauvois follows his award-winning 2010 film ‘Of Gods and Men’ with the true story of thieves who in the 1970s dug up Charlie Chaplin’s body and held his family to ransom.



The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer 

Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered and the identity of the men who murdered him. Look of Silence does something virtually without precedent in cinema or in the aftermath of genocide: it documents survivors confronting their relatives’ murderers in the absence of any truth and reconciliation process, while the murderers remain in power.

Pasolini by Abel Ferrara

One day, one life. Rome, the night of November 2nd 1975, the great Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini is murdered. Pasolini is the symbol of an art that’s fighting against the power. In a film dreamlike and visionary, a blend of reality and imagination, Abel Ferrara reconstructs the last day in the life of this great poet.


The BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Sant’Elena is the ideal accommodation to participate in the Festival, just 15 minutes by vaporetto to the Lido of Venice.

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