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Venice Film Festival unveils selections for September fete

The American wilderness dramatization “The World to Come,” Gia Coppola’s “Standard,” and the Shia LaBeouf and Vanessa Kirby show “Bits of a Woman” are among the movies set to debut at the Venice International Film Festival in September. Coordinators said Tuesday that it will be the primary significant occasion of its sort since the coronavirus pandemic constrained the scratch-off of enormous social affairs around the world. Celebration executive Alberto Barbera recognized that because of the continuous infection flare-up, the choices for the 77th release, which dispatches Sept. 2, are increasingly worldwide and less stuffed with elegant Hollywood highlights than in years past.

Covid-19 has massively disrupted the film festival circuit, a major launching pad not only for awards contenders but also for films looking for buzz and distribution. Cannes and Telluride were cancelled and others like Venice and the Toronto International Film Festival have had to get creative and scale back where possible in order to proceed.

Some have even formed alliances to benefit all instead of fighting for exclusive, high-profile premieres. Case in point, Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand, will premiere across the major fall film festivals — Venice, Toronto, Telluride and New York.

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