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Venice Film Festival is a go, governor says

The Venice Film Festival will go ahead as scheduled at the beginning of September.

Organized by the Biennale di Venezia company, Venice is the world’s longest running film festival. In January it announced that Cate Blanchett would preside over its 77th edition.

Luca Zaia, the governor of the region around the Italian city, announced the festival would go ahead Sunday as the spread of the new coronavirus in the country slows.

Spokespersons for the festival itself have made no recent statements about their plans for 2020.

“The most pessimistic scenario is that the pandemic will continue,” festival director Alberto Barbera told the Italian news agency ANSA in early April, “which would oblige us to take a sabbatical for a year.”

Due to the lockdowns imposed on the film industry across the world to limit the spread of the virus, the festival will probably be attended by fewer productions, said Zaia, who is also a board member of the Biennale di Venezia.

The Cannes Film Festival, the world’s largest, was forced to postpone its latest edition in May due to the virus epidemic.

Italy plans to lift all travel curbs from June 3 and travelers from European Union countries will be able to enter without going into quarantine.

The country recorded 119 new deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic on Saturday, bringing the death toll in Italy from the outbreak to 32,735, the third highest total in the world after the United States and Britain.


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