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Venice fest takes Italo pix to China

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The Venice Film Festival is travelling to China with a selection of Italian pics and fest topper Marco Mueller in tow.

The Lido showcase, called Great Italian Films From Venice to Beijing, will feature screenings in prestigious venues, such as Beijing’s Chinese Academy of Fine Arts Museum, followed by talks with local film buffs.

The 11-day event begins on Thursday and is being extended to Shanghai this year, after a positive debut last year, with a delegation of Italo helmers, producers and stars making the trek.

Titles will include Saverio Costanzo’s existential chiller “The Solitude of Prime Numbers”; Aureliano Amadei’s “20 Cigarettes,” winner of the Lido’s Controcampo Italiano award for edgy Italo pics; Pasquale Scimeca’s Sicily-set “Malavoglia”; and Mario Martone’s historical epic “We Believed,” which will screen separately in March.

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via Variety

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