Venice becomes first major film festival to return after coronavirus lockdown

05:04 PM | 30 Jul, 2020
Venice becomes first major film festival to return after coronavirus lockdown
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Venice is about to organize its very first film festival during the Covid-19 crisis.

The festival is scheduled to take place in September. However, it has faced many challenges because of the ongoing pandemic including a decrease in film productions. 

The festival includes films from all across the globe including Mexico, Azerbaijan, Israel, Russia, Iran, Japan, and India, etc. 

The organisers announced on Tuesday at a press conference, that some films have been submitted from countries "still threatened by the virus".

According to the festival director Alberto Barbera,"Cinema has not been overwhelmed by the tsunami of the pandemic, but retains an enviable vitality." He also claimed that some major titles would be absent, still halted by ongoing lockdowns enforced world wide.

"The heart of the festival is saved," added Barbera.

The top four Italian films competing are: Emma Dante's Le Sorella Macaluso, Padrenostro by Claudio Noce, Miss Marx by Susanna Nicchiarell and Notturno by 2013 Golden Lion winner Gianfranco Rosi.

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