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Venice Fest to Open with Allen’s Latest, “Anything Else”

Venice Fest to Open with Allen's Latest, "Anything Else"

Venice Fest to Open with Allen’s Latest, “Anything Else”

by Eugene Hernandez

On opening night in Venice this year, Woody Allen will walk the red carpet that welcomed Sophia Loren last year (pictured in red). Image courtesy Venice Film Festival.

Woody Allen’s latest film “Anything Else” will open the 60th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, the Venice International Film Festival, on August 27th in Italy. Allen will be in Venice for opening night for the world premiere of his new film which he stars in with Jason Biggs, Christina Ricci, and Danny De Vito. The festival will run through September 7th in Italy.

“I’m looking forward to going to the festival,” Allen said in a prepared statement released by the festival this weekend. “I’ve never been to Venice at festival time and the city has been so generous and supportive to me and I love it so much that it will be a great honor.”

The film, which will be distributed by Dreamworks in the United States on September 19th, is the story of an artist (played by Allen) who strikes up a relationship with a young woman (played by Ricci). Jason Biggs stars as the woman’s boyfriend and Danny DeVito portrays her father.

“I’m delighted that Woody Allen made his film available for Venice and it is a great pleasure for all of us to welcome him here”, said Festival Director Moritz de Hadeln in a prepared statement.

In other Venice festival news, organizers recently announced that the event will honor the late Katharine Hepburn with a restored screening of David Lean’s “Summertime.” She won a best actress award at the Venice festival in 1934 for “Little Women.”

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