Beautiful Venice will be soon the breathtaking scenery of the 67th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, from the 1st to 11th September 2010 at Venice Lido.

The aim of the Festival, directed by Marco Müller since 2004, is to promote various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. The Festival includes retrospectives and homages to major figures as a contribution towards raising awareness of the history of cinema.

Four Italian productions this year will be up against 18 films from a range of countries, including the US, France, Japan, Greece, Chile, Greece and China. Carlo Mazzacurati‘s tragicomic La Passione tells of how a desperate director’s last-ditch chance to make it big is foiled by blackmailers. Noi Credevamo (We Believed) by Mario Martone explores a 30-year period during the Italian Risorgimento, interweaving the lives of fictional characters with those of historical figures.

La Pecora Nera (The Black Sheep) marks actor-writer Ascanio Celestini‘s directing debut based on his own book and inspired by the recollections of those locked up in asylums for the mentally ill. Saverio Costanzo’s film is an adaptation of Paolo Giordano’s best-selling novel The Solitude of Prime Numbers, translated into 20 languages, which charts an intense relationship between two misfits. Cult US director Quentin Tarantino has agreed to chair the jury selecting the Golden Lion winner.

The same jury will also pick the recipient of the Silver Lion for best director, as well as handing out awards for best actor, best actress, best new young actor, best technical contribution and best screenplay.