Actor Michele Placido has donned his other hat at the Venice Film Festival – that of Director.Along with two of his young stars Riccardo Scamarcio and Jasmine Trinca, the three of them presented the rites-of-passage drama “Il Grande Sogno” or “The Big Dream.” Set in Italy in 1968 it is a tale of young love in a student world full of upheaval. A girl falls in love with a young policeman who is under cover at her university but she is also attracted to a leader of a student movement who is preaching revolution. The second film on show was one of three controversial Iranian movies being screened this year in Venice. “Women Without Men” is the first feature film of the video artist Shirin Neshat and is set in 1953 in Iran. It follows four women’s struggle for freedom, against a backdrop of wider political change.