About 6,000 people are expected to turn out this year – about half the festival's usual number – as border restrictions around the globe have limited the ability of many to travel.
Organised by the Biennale di Venezia company, Venice is the world's longest running film festival.
Todd Phillips' dark comic book film "Joker" has won the Golden Lion Award at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.
The protesters who took over the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival for several hours demand action to fight climate change and a ban on cruise ships entering the city.
The 69-year old Oscar winner, known for acclaimed films such as “Talk to Her”, “Volver” and most recently his loosely autobiographical portrait “Pain and Glory”, made his debut at the festival in 1983 with the comic drama “Dark Habits”.
The festival is now seen as a launchpad for award season success was criticised due to lack of female directors and the inclusion of controversial names.
Film Festival to feature three Netflix productions along with Hollywood titles. Cannes Film Festival has excluded the streaming giant for a second year in a row.
Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron's Spanish-language drama "Roma" won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The story focuses on Cuaron's mother and the two maids who helped bring him up.
The Woman Who Left is a nearly four-hour long movie about a woman's thirst for revenge and her feelings of forgiveness after 30 years in jail for a crime she did not commit.
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