Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, Venezia

The Venice International Film Festival is organized by the Venice Biennale and takes place at Venice Lido in late August - early September. The exhibition aims to promote awareness of international cinema in all its forms in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. The exhibition includes retrospectives and homages to major figures, as a contribution to a better knowledge of film history.

Mark Muller is the Director of 67th edition; the jury, headed by Quentin Tarantino, includes Gabriele Salvatores and Luca Guadagnino.

The pre-opening of the exhibition is on August 31 at 20.30 (Arena di Campo San Polo, Venice) with "Profumo di Donna" (1974) Dino Risi.

This year the world's oldest film festival will see 41 Italian productions, including long, medium and short films. 79 works are world premieres.

Among Italian movies running for the Golden Lion: "La pecora nera" by Ascanio Celestini, "La solitudine dei numeri primi" by Saverio Costanzo, "Noi credevamo" by Mario Martone and "La Passione" by Carlo Mazzacurati.

Among international works "Black Swan" by Darren Aronofsky, Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere", Vincent Gallo with "Promises Written in Water", Abdellatif Kechiche with "Venus Noire", Richard J. Lewis "Barney's Version", with Francois Ozon "Potiche" and the pair Gerard Depardieu - Catherine Deneuve with "Miral". See the Biennale official website for all details and schedule.