Event to unspool up to seven local films

MILAN — This year’s Venice film festival will showcase trends in modern Italian cinema with a dedicated section of up to seven local films.

Fest director Marco Mueller said the Controcampo Italiano part of the event would “restore the Venice Film Festival’s ability to show what’s happening as regards the latest trends in Italian cinema.”

The chosen films, a mix of docus and fiction, will be screened in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido. A jury of three will pick a winner.

This year’s event, the lagoon city’s 66th, runs from  Sept. 2-12.

The move follows the decision by the rival Rome fest to increase homegrown content following criticism from the Eternal City’s outspoken mayor Gianni Alemanno that Hollywood was getting too much attention.

Despite the controversy that followed his comments, the consensus was that last year’s Rome fest, directed by veteran critic and former Venice topper Gian Luigi Rondi, was a success.

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