The 67th Venice International Film Festival (September 1-11, 2010)
You Can Smell Sea Here
by Mohsen Beigagha
What they mean by “Venice is a big festival?” Do they allude to area of the Festival Palace or the number of seats, movie theaters, screened films, festival’s sections and showtimes? Why screening films on this remote island, which is the last stop of gondolas, is so important to make even renowned filmmakers stand in line? The answer to all those questions is very simple: “Quality of films.” Venice is not a place for just any film. Since films are usually premiered here, it adds to festivals’ attractions. This is why a festival which is the oldest festival in the world is still “grand” despite high traveling costs. The order found at the festival as a result of its Swiss manager Marco Muller’s efforts could be only found in north Italy. The Festival Palace, on which you can see “Film Village” phrase, is only open during the festival and its movie theaters are closed at other times of the year. Therefore, the quality of seats and screening is superb.
The festival is building a big hall which will be most probably ready by next year. This year’s edition started with a few days delay compared to its predecessor; the reason is annual change in calendar as the festival is supposed to begin on a Wednesday and end on a Sunday. There are many artistic expos in Venice, including one displaying Stanley Kubrick’s photos which date back to 1945-1950. According to the festival’s brochure, this is the first time that the photos have been put on public display. Many more artistic exhibitions are also ongoing in Venice.
This is the 67th edition of Venice film festival with 86 new features in four official sections, including 82 world premieres and 4 international premieres. There are 24 feature films in the competition, all of them world premieres.
In Out of Competition section, there are 29 feature films, 26 of which are world premieres. In the section called Orizzonti, 21 feature films have taken part in the competition and all of them are world premieres.
The section called Controcampo Italiano, presents 12 feature films in the competition, all world premieres.
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