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.

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