Venice fest’s going on road

Italo pix to be screened in Moscow, Brazil

ROME — The Venice Film Festival will be tubthumping Italian cinema in Moscow and in several Brazilian cities to strengthen its status as a local industry driver.

The Lido is launching Venice in Moscow, in collaboration with the Russian capital’s Kino film museum, and Venice Cinema Italiano, a showcase that will bring Italo pics to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Brasilia, following their lagoon preem.

Among titles are Emanuele Crialese’s immigration drama “The Golden Door,” Italy’s foreign-language Oscar candidate for which Miramax recently acquired North American rights; Gianni Amelio’s China-set “The Missing Star”; and Mimmo Paladino’s Don Quixote adaptation “Quijote.”

“The purpose of these initiatives is to premiere our films directly for key audiences. These are important testing grounds for some of our most ambitious and effective titles,” said Venice topper Marco Muller.

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