2 September 2013 4:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Venice Film Festival doesn’t have a huge role in awards season, but it’s an important one.

Telluride and Toronto are very kudos-centric, each offering a glut of films that are potential contenders. Venice offers only a handful, but it confers a touch of class to any hopeful in its lineup.

A few years ago, “Black Swan” opened the Venice Fest. It was well received, and went on to garner a bunch of awards attention, including a best-actress Oscar for Natalie Portman. The Venice berth gave the film a leg-up in its global marketing — and its kudos push. Fox Searchlight always believed in the film, but knew it did not have an easy sell with a psychological thriller set in the world of ballet. So the Venice spot sent the message that this is a film to be taken seriously. “The Hurt Locker” also made its debut at Venice, »


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