Venice Film Festival Holds Its Opening Ceremony

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Nancy Tartaglione on September 2, 2020.

After a day of early press screenings and conferences, the Venice Film Festival officially was declared open this evening by the directors of several major European fests including Venice’s own Alberto Barbera and Cannes’ Thierry Frémaux.

But before they got to the stage of the Sala Grande, there was plenty to remark upon during the first evening of the first major film industry gathering of the COVID pandemic era. With deference to Verdi’s opera, this could be coined as the Lido’s Un Ballo In Maschera.

Attendees tonight walked a walled off red carpet, designed to dissuade the usual crowds of onlookers and autograph seekers — with relative success. Once on the carpet, the well-heeled guests were reminded by security to keep their mouths and noses fully covered with masks while a reduced corps of photographers snapped the arrivals. …

Deadline Hollywood 9/2

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