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In Pictures: 'Venice Film Festival Awards and Premieres'

13 September 2009 9:13 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta (L) presents Us actor, director, producer and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone (R) with the 'Jaeger-Lecoultre glory to the filmmaker Award' at the 66th International Exhibition of Cinema Art in Lido di Venezia late 12 September 2009. Epa/Claudio Onorati Us actor, director, producer and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone after being awarded with the 'Jaeger-Lecoultre glory to the filmmaker Award' at the 66th International Exhibition of Cinema Art in Lido di Venezia late 12 September 2009. Epa/Claudio Onorati Us actor, director, producer and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone gestires on the stage before being awarded with the 'Jaeger-Lecoultre glory to the filmmaker Award' at the 66th International Exhibition of Cinema Art in Lido di Venezia late 12 September »

- James Wray

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'Baaria' kicks off Venice Film Festival

2 September 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Venice -- The 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival got underway Wednesday with an epic and sentimental homage to the Sicilian Oscar-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore and a gala ceremony hosted by Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta.

 

With its screening, Tornatore's "Baaria" became the first Italian film to open the storied Venice festival in nearly a quarter century, and it caused ripples even before its official world premiere: earlier in the day Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi -- who also owns the country's largest media empire -- called the work a masterpiece and said that no "real" Italian should choose not to see the film.

 

In a press briefing, Tornatore, best known for the Oscar-winning "Cinema Paradiso," said the film was his most personal project yet.

 

"I took themes like frustrations, happiness, dreams, challenges, and I turned them into a movie," he said. "It's my take on life, but everyone »

- By Eric J. Lyman

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In Pictures: 'Venice Film Festival Prepares for Opening'

1 September 2009 1:01 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta poses for photographs at the Lido of Venice, Italy, 01 September 2009. Cucinotta will host the opening ceremony of the 66th Venice Film Festival on 02 September. The festival is scheduled to run until 12 September. Epa/Claudio Onorati Italian actress Margareth Made poses for photographs at the Lido of Venice, Italy, 01 September 2009. Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore's 'Baaria - La porta del vento,' starring Made, will be the opening film of the 66th Venice Film Festival, to be held from 02 to 12 September. Epa/Claudio Onorati Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta poses for photographs at the Lido of Venice, Italy, 01 September 2009. Cucinotta will host the opening ceremony of the »

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