'Flute' to preem at Italo fest

French thesp Catherine Deneuve will head the jury of the upcoming 63rd Venice Film Festival, where Kenneth Branagh’s movie adaptation of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” will world preem.

Choice of Deneuve, whom fest director Marco Muller praised as the “muse of European auteur cinema,” confirms what the Lido topper anticipated in Cannes would be a Venice with a more European feel, although no drastic dearth of U.S. or other English-language titles is expected.

A frequent guest of the Venice fest, Deneuve first debarked on the Lido with Luis Bunuel’s 1967 “Belle de jour,” winner of the Golden Lion that year.

Branagh’s ambitious English-language “Flute,” which transposes the 18th century opera to WWI, will preem as a gala event in Venice’s famed La Fenice theater Sept. 7, with a party in the Palazzo Ducale, on St. Mark’s Square, to follow.

Fest runs Aug. 30-Sept. 9.

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