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Biennale turns 70, selection unveiled

A bleak lineup this year, in line with world events

The Venice Biennale turns seventy this year. With the fest a month away the organizers announced the nineteen films that will be a part of the official selection. They include, "Gravity" with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, which will open the festivities on August 28. Titles like "Tom à la ferme" by Xavier Dolan, "Ana Arabia" by Amos Gitai, "Child of God" by James Franco, "the Zero Theorem" ... more >

WAR! IRAN to boycott Venice Film Festival

Sanctions weigh heavily on Iranian censors' minds

Iran may boycott the Venice Biennale because of sanctions imposed on its oil and economy and the fact that--horror!-- the European Union is applying pressure on this country to abandon its nuclear program. "Taking into account the fact that the E.U. has imposed the highest inhuman and illegal sanctions against Iran, we're naturally thinking of boycotting the Venice Film Festival," said Alireza ... more >