This year marked the 67th Venice International Film Festival and it ran from the 1st to the 11th of September at the Venice Lido. Organized by La Biennale di Venezia, the aim of the Festival is: “To raise awareness and promote all the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance.”
Screenings were held over the 11 days and Darren Aronofksy’s Black Swan opened the Festival in the Sala Grande at 7pm. Julie Taymor’s The Tempest also had its premiere at the Festival. Due to be released in December 2010, it is based on the Shakespearean classic and features Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, Alfred Molina and Russell Brand.
Five international juries decided the winners of the many awards of the Festival, with the Venezia 57 jury presided over by Quentin Tarantino. Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere won the most coveted award of the Festival, the Golden Lion for Best Film. The Special Jury Prize was awarded to Jerzy Skolimowski for Essential Killing, while Mila Kunis took home the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress for her role in Black Swan.