As the 63rd VeniceFilm Festival opened yesterday with the world premiere of Brian De Palma's TheBlack Dahlia, the rumbling row about what impact the upstart new Rome Festival(due to be held for the first time in October) will have on Venice's long-termfuture showed no sign of dissipating.
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Festival director Marco Muller likewise appeared irritated at the persistentquestions about
Both Muller and Croff acknowledged that the longmooted regeneration of the Palazzo Del Cinema will be crucial if
Earlier in the morning, jury member Michele Placidohad attempted to strike a conciliatory note about the rivalry between
Representatives of the Rome Festival declined to comment further on theirplans.
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