The 77th Venice International Film Festival takes place from September 2 – 12, 2020, at the Lido di Venezia, under the guidance of Director Alberto Barbera. The special opening ceremony will occur on the night of September 2, with the participation of eight artistic directors – Alberto Barbera (Venice Film Festival), Carlo Chatrian (Berlinale), Thierry Fremaux (Festival de Cannes), Lili Hinstin (Festival di Locarno), Vanja Kaludjeric (Rotterdam Film Festival), Karel Och (Karlovy Vary), José Luis Rebordinos (San Sebastian), Tricia Tuttle (London Film Festival) – of the principal European film festivals as representatives of the international film festival community.
The selected films are divided into four sections composing the official line-up: Venezia 77, Out of Competition, Orizzonti, and Biennale College – Cinema. Besides them, two parallel sections are autonomous: the Settimana Internazionale della Critica and the Giornate degli Autori.
Four international juries will appoint the winners of the competitive sections Venezia 77, Orizzonti, and Venice Virtual Reality, and will award the prize “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award For A Debut Film – Lion Of The Future to one of the debut feature-length films selected from the various competition sections of the Venice Film Festival. This year, the actress Cate Blanchett will lead the jury of the main competition.
During the festival, the special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will be given to the critically acclaimed director Ann Hui and the iconic actress Tilda Swinton upon the decision of the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia and the recommendation of Alberto Barbera.
Collateral programmes of retrospectives and tributes to major figures will also be part of the programme.
The Festival aims to promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and industry, also raising awareness on the history of the “Seventh Art”.
More info, tickets and the complete line-up available at labiennale.org.