Bullock, Clooney to open 70th Venice Film Festival
ROME – The Venice Film Festival marks its 70th edition with films starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts adrift in space, Scarlett Johanseen as a seductive alien roaming the Scottish countryside and Judi Dench as a single Roman Catholic woman searching for a son she was forced to give up decades before.
Festival director Alberto Barbera concedes that many of the films in the lineup announced Thursday are bleak in their outlook, particularly the ones from countries hit by the ongoing economic crisis.
“Cinema mirrors reality, so we can’t complain if auteur films today gives us an image of our times that is not consoling,” Barbera told a news conference.
Twenty films will vie for the coveted Golden Lion at the world’s oldest film festival, which opens Aug. 28, with the jury headed by Bernardo Bertolucci.