CULTURE

Venice Film Festival

Second only to Cannes Film Festival in prestige, Venice is quirkier, more unpredictable, more open to the public. Most stars escape their palatial cocoons and sashay along the Lido waterfront to mingle with the crowds. At this year’s festival (2-12/09), eclectic French director Bertrand Tavernier will receive the Lifetime Achievement award.

Lisa Gerard-Sharp

Palazzo del Cinema, Palazzo del Casino, PalaBiennale

Venice

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