The 69th Venice Film Festival gets underway later and the world’s oldest film fair has a new director, Alberto Barbera who takes the helm from the respected Marco Mueller.
The industry is under pressure as a result of the financial crisis and Barbera has slashed the number of films in competition to just 18 with an overall collection of 60, half the amount of previous years.
“The cinema, after ten years of escape into fantasy, and virtual reality created by special effects, is getting back to an important role, a role it played in the past. It mirrors the contemporary,” he said.
Venice has avoided the usual Hollywood glitz to focus on its artistic roots.
The festival ends of September 8, with the awarding of the Golden Lion and other prizes.