The 64th edition of the Venice Film Festival, the Mostra, gets underway tonight, with a hard-hitting line-up of pictures tackling war and brutality competing for the Golden Lion award. Rarely has Hollywood featured so heavily at Venice, possibly in a bid to draw more attention to the oldest film festival in the world.
Lee Marshall from the magazine Screen International, commented: “The most obvious aspect of the festival this year is the fact that there is such a huge bias towards English and American cinema, I mean we have 15 American films, seven British films in official competition followed by a handful of European films, a few Asian films, and some big gaps on
the world map as well.”
There are two films about Iraq at the Mostra. “In the Valley of Elah” starring Tommy Lee Jones is based on the real life murder of a young soldier on his return to the US.
It is up against Brian de Palma’s “Redacted”, about the rape and murder of an Iraqi girls by GIs.
1The festival opens with a screen adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel, “Atonement”, starring Keira Knightley.
The Mostra, now 75 years old, runs until September 8, when a special award will be presented to Italian film-maker, Bernado Bertolucci.