The 74th Venice Film Festival, the world’s oldest event on the “seventh art,” opens its doors. Helmed by the now customary duo of Paolo Baratta and Alberto Barbera, this venerable gathering still manages to retain its particular impact and allure, its characteristics of “glamorous elegance” most famously broadcast in the 1960s, the years of the “Dolce Vita.”
Many sector professionals are on hand, including accredited journalists and photographers, for this year’s festival which will witness, on the silver screens and red carpets, artists and actors of the stature of Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, winners of the Leone d’Oro alla Carriera (Golden Lion Honorary Award), Matt Damon, George Clooney, and the Chinese artist-activist Ai Wei Wei.
They’ll be joined in the spotlight by the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Jim Carrey, Julianne Moore, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Sienna Miller, Kirsten Dunst, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Frances McDormand, Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, making Venice the true world capital of cinema for the next two weeks.