77th Venice Film Festival opens

Sep 03, 2020

Venice (Italy), September 3: The Venice Film Festival, one of the world's three most prestigious cinema events, opened on Wednesday, with measures against the coronavirus in place.
Directors and actors from around the world gathered in the Italian city of Venice for the 77th edition of the annual festival.
This year, participants must wear face masks, and the number of viewers allowed in cinemas has been decreased in an effort to help prevent coronavirus infections.
At the opening ceremony, the heads of Europe's eight major film festivals took to the stage in a show of solidarity for an industry that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
They called for support for the movie world, saying that no one can do without cinema on the big screen with an audience.
"Spy no Tsuma," or "Wife of a Spy," by Japanese director Kurosawa Kiyoshi, is among the 18 entries for the Golden Lion award for best picture.
The film is set in 1940, not long before the outbreak of the Pacific War. It portrays the wife of a man who comes to learn a state secret and is accused of being a traitor.
The winners of the awards will be announced on the final day of the festival, September 12.
Source: NHK World