64th Venice Film Festival
Venice decided to celebrate its 75th anniversary (it was suspended during Fascism and World War II) by naming a jury composed solely of film directors, and will present a Career Golden Lion to Tim Burton and another to Bernardo Bertolucci. Two short films from his early years and his 2004 film on Michelangelo will be shown in honor of Antonioni, who died recently, but no homage to Bergman is in the schedule.
Despite competition from other festivals, Marco Muller, in his fourth year as festival director, has scored 22 world premieres from various countries. There is also diversity in appearances by the famous, from the old guard, Michael Caine, Jeanne Moreau, Vanessa Redgrave, to current icons George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, enough to generate endless publicity. Will similar enthusiasm prevail when the screens light up?