September 7, 2009 / 4:07 PM / in 8 years

Venezuela's Chavez in Venice for Oliver Stone film

VENICE (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Venice on Monday to attend the world premiere of Oliver Stone’s documentary about him and his strained relations with the United States.

<p>Oliver Stone (L) and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez pose for photographers during a red carpet at the 66th Venice Film Festival September 7, 2009. REUTERS/Tony Gentile</p>

“South of the Border” is a sympathetic portrait of the leader, casting him as a champion of the poor who has stood up to Washington.

Chavez, surrounded by bodyguards, strolled with Stone on the Lido red carpet and signed autographs like a movie star ahead of the premiere at the Venice film festival.

“What’s happening in Latin America is like a Renaissance,” the Venezuelan leader told reporters.

Chavez landed in Venice after visiting Iran and Turkmenistan.

Editing by Paul Casciato

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