Epic Sicilian film opens Venice 威尼斯电影节开幕
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The Venice Film Festival has begun, with Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee declaring it the "greatest film festival in the world".


US actress Eva Mendes arrives for the opening ceremony
US actress Eva Mendes arrives for the opening ceremony

The Taiwanese film-maker is heading this year's festival panel, which will choose the winner of the Golden Lion.

Organisers selected an Italian film for the opening night, Guiseppe Tornatore's Sicilian-based family epic1 Baaria.

Previous years have seen big Hollywood movies opening the celebrations, with major US stars stealing the show.

Clooney returns

Ang Lee won the Golden Lion himself in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain, a film that went on to enjoy commercial success as well as winning Lee a best director Oscar.

But he said he had mixed feelings about film competitions.

"I do not believe we can do justice to film in competition. Each movie has its own merit," he said.

But he added: "At the same time I have witnessed competition as a most exciting thing in film culture."

Lee acknowledged the good that awards can achieve, citing the success of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai in Venice in 1954, when it won the Silver Lion, as a "great inspiration for Asian film-makers".

But he added: "I have seen some films which I thought should have won but did not and sometimes I have seen films that did win that should not have."

Among the films in competition for the 66th festival this year are John Hillcoat's The Road, starring Charlize Theron and Viggo Mortensen; Werner Hertzog's remake of The Bad Lieutenant2, with Nicholas Cage taking the role originally played by Harvey Keitel; and French offering White Material, with Isabel Huppert.

American documentary film-maker Michael Moore is also returning to the festival circuit.

Having previously3 tackled gun crime and health care, this time Moore has turned his camera on the global economic crisis in Capitalism4: A Love Story.

There are also a number of high-profile films appearing out-of-competition, with George Clooney once again heading back to Venice to promote the quirky(狡诈的) The Men Who Stare at Goats.

Steven Soderbergh, director of Traffic and Ocean's Eleven, is screening The Informant!, a film about whistle-blowing in corporate5 America, while American film-maker Abel Ferrara is showing Napoli, Napoli, Napoli.

During the festival, the creative team at Pixar will be handed a lifetime achievement honour for the great strides it has made in popular animation6. The 3D version of Toy Story will also get its first public outing.


1 epic ui5zz     
  • I gave up my epic and wrote this little tale instead.我放弃了写叙事诗,而写了这个小故事。
  • They held a banquet of epic proportions.他们举行了盛大的宴会。
2 lieutenant X3GyG     
  • He was promoted to be a lieutenant in the army.他被提升为陆军中尉。
  • He prevailed on the lieutenant to send in a short note.他说动那个副官,递上了一张简短的便条进去。
3 previously bkzzzC     
  • The bicycle tyre blew out at a previously damaged point.自行车胎在以前损坏过的地方又爆开了。
  • Let me digress for a moment and explain what had happened previously.让我岔开一会儿,解释原先发生了什么。
4 capitalism er4zy     
  • The essence of his argument is that capitalism cannot succeed.他的论点的核心是资本主义不能成功。
  • Capitalism began to develop in Russia in the 19th century.十九世纪资本主义在俄国开始发展。
5 corporate 7olzl     
  • This is our corporate responsibility.这是我们共同的责任。
  • His corporate's life will be as short as a rabbit's tail.他的公司的寿命是兔子尾巴长不了。
6 animation UMdyv     
  • They are full of animation as they talked about their childhood.当他们谈及童年的往事时都非常兴奋。
  • The animation of China made a great progress.中国的卡通片制作取得很大发展。
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