The opening of the Venice Film Festival has again reclaimed the title as the top cultural destination after its first major in-person cinema showcase of the coronavirus era after Cannes was also cancelled and other international festivals opted to go mostly online this year.
The 77th edition is the world’s oldest film festival which will see less Hollywood stars and more face masks for the indoors as the festival opens today. La Biennale chief Robert Cicutto said that decision was made to hold the festival at all was an important sign of rebirth for Venice and the film industry, and said the experience on the Lido will serve as a “laboratory” for future cultural gatherings.“It will be an experiment on the ground of how to confront an important event” in the COVID era.
The festival will kick off from September 2-12 and marks Italy’s return to the art world stage after it became the first country in the West to be slammed by COVID. Although the infections are now rebounding after summer vacations. The health authorities are testing the passengers at airports and seaports to try to identify imported cases before they can spread.
Paola Mar, Venice’s culture chief said, “Clearly we have to abide by anti-COVID measures. Each of us has a personal responsibility. And if all of us do our jobs, we can limit the harm.”