The 66th Venice Film Festival kicks off on 2 September

The 66th Venice Film Festival kicks off on 2 SeptemberThe 66th Venice Film Festival, directed by Marco Müller and organized by the Venice Biennale under the presidency of Paolo Baratta, will start on Wednesday 2 September 2009 with the opening ceremony hosted by the italian actress and producer Maria Grazia Cucinotta on the stage of Palazzo del Cinema.
The opening ceremony will be followed by the world premiere screening of Giuseppe Tornatore's Baarìa, in competition.

A pre-opening night of the 66 Venice Film Festival will take place in Venice on Tuesday 1 September at 9 p.m., in the Campo San Polo Arena, with the screening of Mario Monicelli's The Great War (1959).

Maria Grazia Cucinotta, who opened the 1994 Venice Film Festival as the female character in Michael Radford’s Il Postino, showcased in memory of Massimo Troisi, will also host the closing ceremony of the 66th Venice International Film Festival, on 12 September 2009, during which the winners of the Golden and Silver Lions and the other official prizes of the 66th Festival will be announced, followed by a screening of the closing film Chengdu, I Love You (Chengdu, wo ai ni), directed in collaboration by Fruit Chan and Cui Jian.

The screenings schedule is made up of 11 days of screenings until September 12th.
Check out the official line-up of the Festival.


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