In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, a film event as emblematic as Cannes is plunged into uncertainty, while voices are rumors of the possible postponement of the Oscar 2021. However, the Venice International Film Festival It remains firm and to date insists that its next edition will take place in September 2020, as originally scheduled.
Luca Zaia, President of the Veneto region (whose capital is the city of Venice), confirmed last Sunday (via Variety) that the long-running Italian festival will take place from 02 to 12 September this year. On the other hand, Zaia warned that the number of feature films shown within the event will probably decrease.
These official announcements come days after the Venice Biennale –The foundation behind the film festival and other artistic encounters within the demarcation– reported that the Architecture Biennial had to be postponed to 2021. Fortunately, the prestigious exhibition of the seventh art did not suffer the same fate.
In early May, the aforementioned foundation surveyed a large number of producers and agents on how many of them would be willing to attend the next Venice Festival. And not only that, but also if they saw the possibility of being accompanied by the talent behind each guest film.
“We know that it would be simply impossible to plan a festival without knowing if everyone is ready to turn to the Venice Festival to provide a fresh start and a good sign to keep cinema alive, even in these difficult times,” he wrote. Alberto Barbera, artistic director of the contest, in the letter sent to the executives.
Apparently, the responses obtained with the research were favorable, and therefore, the competition granted by the Golden Lion still plans to be held in September 2020. Without a doubt, with very rigorous security and prevention measures.
Earlier in the year, it was announced that the award-winning actress Cate Blanchett she would serve as jury president at Venice 2020. In the previous edition, the film Joker was the maximum winner of the festival.