For all you cinephiles planning to be in Venice, Italy or a surrounding area from August 31 to September 10, it will please you to know that the 68th Venice International Film Festival will be held during that time. The oldest film festival in the world, dating back to 1932, it is one of the most highly regarded, and is looked upon as an exhibition for contemporary art. Organized by La Biennale di Venezia, the festival is meant “to raise awareness and promote all the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance.”
Opening the festival will be the much talked about film written and directed by George Clooney, The Ides of March, which stars Clooney, himself, as well as [actors] Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood.
Other notable features are the Roman Polanski directed Carnage (starring Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz), Madonna’s directorial debut, W.E., and David Cronenberg’s highly anticipated film, A Dangerous Method, which takes a look at the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung (Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen star).
Tickets and event passes are available for the Sala Grande, PalaBiennale and Sala Darsena screening theaters. No one under the age of 18 is permitted to enter the festival. To obtain further information about tickets, or see what will be showing, visit the La Biennale di Venezia website.