Venice prepares for its 73rd International Film Festival
11th August, 2016
Organised by La Biennale di Venezia, one of the world’s
leading film festivals, the 73rd Venice International Film Festival,
will return from August 31 to September 10 2016. If you’re staying at our
luxury villas in Italy this summer, you’ll find it hard to miss the buzz that
will be surrounding this highly popular event. Directed by Alberto Barbera, an actor who also directed the
festival between 1998 and 2002, the Festival once again aims to “raise
awareness and promote the various aspects of
international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an
industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue.” The Festival will not only
celebrate the future of film, but also pay respect and tribute to some of the
major figures that have helped to shape cinema.
First established in 1932,
Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world,
and therefore attracts its fair share of actors, film directors, celebrities
and critics who are at the forefront of modern cinema. Many of these also
arrive by gondola after travelling along the city’s famous canals, making for
an even more spectacular entrance.
The main draws of the
festival, besides the lively red carpet, are the screenings, many of which are
premieres. Each year several films also enter competition, with glamourous
award ceremonies presenting a number of much-coveted awards including the
highly prestigious Golden Lion.
Among the most
hotly-anticipated films to make its appearance at the Festival is The Light
Between Oceans. Based on the novel by M L Stedman, the film sports a highly
award-friendly cast including Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel
Weisz. Denis Villeneuve’s newest film, Arrival, will also be in competition.
Starring Forest Whitaker and Amy Adams, Arrival looks to be a science-fiction
film which has far more to it than special effects.
Previously announced as the
Festival’s opening night film, La La Land by Damien Chappelle has to be one of
the Festival’s biggest talking points. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star in this
glossy tribute to Golden Age musicals, offering fans the chance to see them at
their singing and dancing best.