Venice Film Festival to open as scheduled in September

Cate Blanchett to head Venice Film Festival jury.

The Venice Film Festival will go ahead as scheduled at the beginning of September, Luca Zaia, the governor of Veneto region around the Italian city confirmed on Sunday as the spread of the new coronavirus in the country slows.

Due to the lockdowns imposed on the film industry across the world to limit the spread of the virus, the festival will probably be attended by fewer productions, Zaia said. He is also a board member of the Biennale di Venezia, which organises the world's longest running film festival. In January it announced that Cate Blanchett would preside over the 77th edition this year (2-12 September) .

The Cannes Film Festival, the world's largest, was forced to postpone its latest edition in May due to the virus epidemic.

Italy plans to lift all travel curbs from 3 June and travellers from EU countries will be able to enter without going into quarantine. Italy on Sunday reported 50 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus, one of the lowest since the beginning of the outbreak, but it does not include data from the northern Lombardy region, which remains the epicenter of the pandemic.

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