Magazine article Screen International

Biennale Confirms Venice Film Festival Dates, Says No Discussions Underway with Cannes

Magazine article Screen International

Biennale Confirms Venice Film Festival Dates, Says No Discussions Underway with Cannes

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Festival organiser expects film festival to go ahead September 2-12 as planned.

Venice Film Festival organiser the Biennale confirmed the event’s September 2-12 dates on Monday (20) while the organisation’s president Roberto Cicutto told Italian news agency ANSA that there were no plans afoot to collaborate with Cannes Film Festival at present.

Rumours have been rife in France and across the international film festival circuit that historic film festival rivals Cannes and Venice could work together this year, after Cannes was forced to abandon its May 12-23 dates as well as tentative plans for a late-June start due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With Cannes everything is possible and everything can be studied but I find it disconcerting that Thierry Frémaux says he is continuing to deliberate and doesn’t say what he wants to do,” Cicutto told ANSA.

“We’re going ahead with our programme. If Cannes is still thinking about us there aren’t any ongoing discussions. It’s not on the table today.”

In the backdrop, speculation has also been growing over whether the Venice Film Festival might also be prevented from going ahead, given the extent of the Covid-19 outbreak in Italy, where there had been 178,972 confirmed cases and 23,660 deaths as of April 20.

The Biennale signalled on Monday, however, that it was on track to hold the film festival as scheduled in a press release announcing that its theatre and dance festival, which had been due to take place in June and July, had been moved to September 14-24. …

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