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Everest thriller opens Venice Film Festival

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Everest thriller opens Venice Film Festival

<p>The first red carpet of the Venice Film Festival was filled with the stars of the mountainous thriller Everest, along with members of the event’s international jury.</p> <p>Opening night highlight was the world premiere of Baltasar Kormakur’s snowy disaster movie starring the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal.</p> <p>Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella was among the notables attending the opening ceremony.</p> <p>Current issues mixed with the glamour as jury president, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454468/">Gravity</a> director Alfonso Cuaron called for better treatment of all migrants:</p> <p>“I am a Mexican living in Europe and I have always felt welcome. I would like that today, and in the future, that same welcome would be extended to all migrants. Thank you.”</p> <p>The message was well received as was the screening of ‘Everest’ although it’s not one of the 21 films in competition.</p> <p>‘Everest’ tells the story of a real disaster that killed five people on the world’s highest mountain in 1996.</p> <p>For more information about the films in competition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival go to :<br /> http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/</p>