The Venice Film Biennale

In addition to being a romantic city, famous for its picturesque lanes and gondola rides, Venice is an important artistic and cultural centre. The Venice Film Biennale is one of the most important events that the city offers. This year, the 76th edition of the International Film Festival will be held on the Lido from the 28th of August to the 7th of September 2019. 

Officially recognised by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers' Associations), the Festival aims to publicise and raise awareness of international cinema in all its forms, thus contributing towards a better understanding of the history of cinema. 

In addition to granting exposure to renowned directors, the Venice Film Festival gives a platform to emerging directors. The films are divided into 2 categories: those competing for the Golden Lion and films that are not a part of the competition. 

The following film category titles are in the running to win the Golden Lion at the 76th Venice competition:

  • “Marriage story”: Directed by Noah Baumbach. Featuring: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, and Julie Hagerty. 

  • “Ad Astra”: Directed by James Gray. Featuring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland.

  • "The Laundromat": Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Featuring: Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Jeffrey Wright, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Cromwell, and Sharon Stone.

  • "The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be": Directed by Franco Maresco. Featuring: Letizia Battaglia and Ciccio Mira. 

The Venice Lido 

If we have piqued your curiosity about the event, here's some information about the location where it takes place: the Venice Lido. The Lido is one of the few areas in Venice where you will find vehicles on the roads! The Biennale Garden is housed on this island, where part of the city is built, which annually hosts art shows and events, including - you guessed it - the Film Festival. 

The Palazzo del Cinema in Venice, inaugurated in 1937 on the occasion of the fifth edition of the Festival, is composed of a Hall and a 1032-seat cinema, also called "La Sala Grande", where the main screenings take place. 

For any additional information and to purchase cinema tickets, we refer you to the official website [https://www.labiennale.org/it/cinema/2019/informazioni]. 

If you're staying at Camping Jolly Venice from the 28th of August to the 7th of September, it's an event you can't miss! 

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