Venice Biennale president Paolo Baratta arrives for the Venice Film Festival’s press conference, in Rome, Thursday, July 25, 2013. The 70th edition of the festival will run from the August 28 to Sept 7. The techno-thriller “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in outer space will open the 70th Venice Film Festival. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
ROME (AP) — The Venice Film Festival marks its 70th edition with films starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts adrift in space, Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien roaming the Scottish countryside and Judi Dench as a single Roman Catholic woman searching for a son she was forced to give up decades before.
Festival director Alberto Barbera concedes that many of the films in the lineup announced Thursday are bleak in their outlook.
“Perhaps one of the strongest themes that emerges from all the films is the lack of prospects. There’s an acknowledgment of an extremely Login to read more