Venice Film Festival set to kick off

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The 73rd annual film festival is set to open in Venice, with top Hollywood talent tipped to appear on the red carpet. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Venice Film Festival set to kick off

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With films such as Natalie Portman’s ‘Jackie’ and Denzel Washington’s ‘The Magnificent Seven’ on the line-up, this year’s Venice Film Festival is tipped to be a star studded affair. The 73rd edition of the festival is due to open on Wednesday (August 31) with a host of high profile Hollywood actors expected on the Lido over the ten day event. Speaking to Reuters, Variety film critic Jay Weissberg said it’s a strong year for US talent. ”When I saw the line-up I was very impressed to see the number of major American actors who are coming to the Lido this year, not only in American led films but also films by non American directors, so I think this year we are seeing a concerted effort certainly on the behalf of the organisers of the Venice Film Festival to get more stars to come to the Lido to bring it back to it’s glory days,” he said. Several movies are tipped as must-sees in the rich selection of U.S. and international movies, including Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’, the festival’s opener, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in a musical comedy-drama about a jazz pianist who falls in love with an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. “‘La La Land’ is something that eveyone is talking about – it’s a musical and as much as maybe people don’t even want to admit that they like musicals everybody kind of likes a musical.” Said Weissberg, “It’s got Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, two actors who we really… who are terrific actors. The idea of seeing them enjoying themselves this way on screen I think is going to be an absolute delight.” Other films generating buzz include Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi ‘Arrival’ and Tom Ford’s thriller ‘Nocturnal Animals’ – both starring Amy Adams – as is Pablo Larrain’s ‘Jackie’ with Natalie Portman. Also hotly anticipated are the first two episodes of Paolo Sorrentino’s mini TV series ‘The Young Pope’, featuring Jude Law as a conservative, cigarette-smoking American pontiff Pius XIII. It will screen in an out-of-competition section. The festival looks set to be strong throughout, closing on September 10 with ‘The Magnificent Seven’.

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