Venice Film Festival delves into docus

Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:13pm EDT
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ROME (Hollywood Reporter) - The late, groundbreaking Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni will be honored at the upcoming Venice Film Festival with a documentary about his life, one of three nonfiction additions to the lineup.

The official program for Venice was announced last week, but news about sidebar and industry screenings continues to trickle in as the festival's opening approaches.

Director Carlo di Carlo's "Antonioni on Antonioni" is based on interviews with Antonioni. One of the authors of Italy's neo-realism movement and a Venice regular, Antonioni died last year at 94.

"Venezia Crepa" (Venice Dying) is a film about the overcrowding of Venice, its deteriorating architecture and its slow sink into the sea. It will screen in the festival's industry section.

"Venezia '68," from Antonello Sarno and Steve della Casa, is a documentary about the widespread student riots of 40 years ago and the impact they had on the festival that year.

The Venice festival, in its 65th year, starts Wednesday and concludes September 6.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Legendary Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni poses alongside a poster for his film "The Passenger" in Beverly Hills in this undated file photo. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello/Files</p>