Sandra Bullock and George Clooney were the stars of the opening night of the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
The jury at the International competition is under the presidency of Italian film director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci whose films include The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor,
The 73-year-old received standing ovations after his speech to open the festival.
He said: “We know that perhaps cinema cannot change the world, we know that cinema can create the world. That is all.”
The space-thriller ‘Gravity’, which stars Bullock and Clooney was shown out of competition.
The film is about two astronauts who attempt to return to Earth after debris hits their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in orbit – with no communication from Earth.
The Venice International competition is very eclectic. This year Japanese filmmaker and manga artist Hayao Miyazaki’s film Kaze Tachinu is competing for a Golden Lion.
Also in the international competition is the true story of ‘Philomena’ directed by Stephen Frears, staring Judy Dench and Steve Coogan.
The Venice Film Festival runs until the 7th of September.