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Venice chief on Oscars, diversity and 'Blade Runner 2049'

Venice chief on Oscars, diversity and 'Blade Runner 2049'

Alberto Barbera discusses the stellar line-up for the 74th edition of the festival.

As the world’s oldest film festival gears up for its 74th edition, Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera is excited about kicking off this year’s awards season in earnest.

In the last four years the festival has launched major Oscar runs for four Us movies: Gravity, Birdman, Spotlight and La La Land.

This year, Venice’s world premieres include Alexander Payne’s social satire Downsizing, Guillermo del Toro’s other-worldly fairy tale The Shape of Water, George Clooney’s crime-caper Suburbicon, Darren Aronofsky’s drama-horror mother! and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

In 2016, the festival chief knew he had a diamond in the shape of Damien Chazelle’s musical and while he may not have a slam dunk as obvious as that, he is sanguine about this crop’s awards potential.

Downsizing has good chances, of course

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