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Venice Film Festival Going Forward, No Cannes Collaboration – Variety

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Plans are underway for the Venice Movie pageant to happen on the Lido within the occasion’s customary early September slot.

Roberto Cicutto, president of the Venice Biennale, the fest’s mum or dad group, mentioned Monday in an interview with Italian information company ANSA that the September 2-12 dates of the 77th version of Venice are confirmed.

Cicutto within the interview with ANSA — which a Venice spokesman confirmed is actual — downplayed the potential for a collaboration between Venice and Cannes, which Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux talked about in a latest interview with Selection.

“With Cannes the whole lot is feasible,” Cicutto mentioned. “However I discover it disconcerting that Thierry Fremaux retains saying he’s persevering with to look at the scenario and doesn’t say what he needs to do.”

“We’re going ahead with our program, and if Cannes continues to be pondering (about their plan of action) then there isn’t a dialogue,” added Cicutto.

The chief specified that there’s presently no “speculation” on the desk for a joint Venice-Cannes initiative.

Within the interview with ANSA, Cicutto additionally admitted that he anticipated “overseas attendance will likely be essentially a lot smaller,” this yr than in previous editions of the pageant.

“We’re doing simulations relating to a typical pageant day,” he mentioned, including that digital expertise will likely be “essential for overseas press,” and that each one that is being fine-tuned and will likely be put in “a proposal that we’ll carry ahead to producers.”

The Biennale has given itself an “finish of Might” deadline to type out extra particulars of the upcoming version’s modalities.

Cicutto, who’s a former movie producer, additionally addressed the important thing situation of utilizing cinemas for the pageant, noting he expects Italian authorities to grant Venice particular standing when it comes to nationwide safety measures in opposition to the unfold of coronavirus.

“It’s one factor to handle six or seven circumscribed film theaters,” versus “1000’s of film theaters” throughout the nation, he identified.

Whereas Italy is presently in strict lockdown — with a coronavirus dying toll of greater than 23,000, making it the world’s hardest hit nation by the pandemic — new infections are believed to have plateaued and, considerably equally to China, the hope is that the disaster will subside prior to another nations.

Venice, which is taken into account the world’s oldest movie pageant, in January introduced that Cate Blanchett would preside over its 77th version.

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