Opening of the 66th Venice International Film Festival

From September 2nd to 12th, the charming and romantic city of Venice will turn once again into an enchanting dimension colored with the emotions of cinema.

Yes, because also this year, Venice Biennale is proud to presents the most expected event in the field of cinema: the International Film Festival, now at its 66th edition, which will take place at Venice Lido and as usual, it will pay homage to the best artists in the contemporary cinema.

The opening ceremony will take place on 2nd September and it will be presented by the Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta, followed by the world premiere screening of Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Baarìa”, one of the films taking part in competition.

The official line-up of the 66th Festival includes six different sections – Venezia 66, Out of Competition, Orizzonti, Controcampo italiano, Corto Cortissimo and These Phantoms - and two independent and parallel sections which are “International Critics’ Week” – a series of 7 or 8 films, debut works, independently selected by a special commission nominated by the National Syndicate of Italian Film Critics – and “Giornate degli Autori – Venice Days” – a series of 10-12 films independently organized by a commission nominated by the Italian Association of Film-makers and by the Association of Independent Directors and Producers.

Five international juries will assign the official awards to producers coming from every corner of the world, in fact, all countries are represented during the Festival, with international directors who participate in order to show their works to an international audience.

This year, also a pre-opening night is scheduled on Tuesday 1st September at 9 p.m. at Campo San Polo Arena in Venice, with the special screening of Mario Monicelli’s masterpiece, “La Grande Guerra” (“The Great War”, 1959).

So…if you are cinema lovers or not, you are all invited to the great special event of the 66th Venice International Film Festival. You won’t regret it!

If you would like to have more detailed information about the line-up and the screenings schedule of the Festival, or about the Tickets, please visit our section dedicated to the Festival on

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One Response to “Opening of the 66th Venice International Film Festival”

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    Would love to go.