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Family dimension

'Kids' to run free on Lido

Harvey and Bob have come up with yet another way to make a splash on the film fest circuit.

At the Venice festival, which will open today on the Lido, the Weinsteins’ “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” will be the first family film to be screened by the fest specifically for the local community.

The open-air event will take place at lunchtime Thursday in the 1,700-seat Pala theater. It also will be the first time, in the 60-year history of the fest, that a movie screening will be open to the public.

Pic is an anomaly in more ways than one: Its family values are in sharp contrast to what is expected to be the sexy tone of the official Venice fest screenings.

Risque reels

Bernardo Bertolucci’s latest effort, “The Dreamers,” is an erotically charged look at sexual awakenings during the student revolt in Paris in 1968. And in the main competish field is “Twentynine Palms,” Gallic director Bruno Dumont’s raunchy love story set in the California desert.

As for the Dimension Films release of the third “Spy Kids” installment, its writer-director Robert Rodriguez and actress Salma Hayek will be on hand to introduce the film to the Venetian crowd. (Rodriguez and Hayek also will grace the Lido for the out-of-competish screening of “Once Upon a Time in Mexico.”)

Sylvester Stallone, who has a cameo in the pic, is also expected to hit the Lido during the fest.

For kids

“Now that we all have children, we have made a commitment to bring family films into the festival community. We hope that this will begin a new tradition at Venice and other major film festivals,” Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said.

“Spy Kids 3-D” is the fifth Dimension release to reach the $100 million mark in North America. (Dimension is a Miramax specialty label.)

Pic will open in Italy in early 2004.