ROME, 26 JUL – Courage mothers, political cinema with stories of old and new regimes, gender-based violence, out-of-competition music and of course much more in the Venice 78 program presented today by director Alberto Barbera and by the president of the Biennale Roberto Cicutto. Five Italians in competition, all highly anticipated and prestigious titles: It was the hand of God, by Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino, Here I laugh by Mario Martone on the great Eduardo Scarpetta played by Toni Servillo, Freaks Out by Gabriele Mainetti with Claudio Santamaria and Pietro Castellitto, The hole by Michelangelo Frammartino from an extraordinary Italian company of speleology and Latin America, a thriller by the D’Innocenzo brothers with Elio Germano. The Venice Film Festival, 1-11 September, will have a world premiere among others Spencer by Pablo Larraine, Dune by Denis Villenueve, The power of dog by Jane Campion, Competencia oficial with Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, the announced opening with Pedro Almodovar and his Mother Paralelas, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut with The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante with Olivia Colman, the new film by Ridley Scott (not House of Gucci which is not ready) this to name just a few of the titles. In the out of competition a lot of music: films about Leonard Cohen and his legendary song Halleluja, about Ezio Bosso, about Fabrizio De André. An edition that aspires to the no carbon certification, turning clearly on the green, to become the first festival to obtain it. On everything and everyone, the Covid anxiety that President Cicutto did not deny at all, “we will follow all the indications, after last year’s exceptional edition we were thinking of something more relaxed but it is not so, we thought the green pass would reassure us but not it is so “. (HANDLE).