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Date TimeAugust 26, 2019
VoiceLack of female directors and controversial slots for Roman Polanski and Nate Parker dominate buildup
Venice film festival 2019: gender disparity debate rages for second year
The inclusion of controversial directors and a continued gender imbalance have dominated the buildup to the 76th edition of the Venice film festival, while a mix of Hollywood A-listers and arthouse auteurs looks set to provide another attention grabbing event.
Hirokazu Kore-eda – who won the Palme d’or in 2018 for his film Shoplifters – opens the festival on Wednesday with The Truth, which stars Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche. The French-language drama will be the first film the director has made that won’t be in his native Japanese, while French director Olivier Assayas also moves into new linguistic territory with his English-language spy thriller Wasp Network.

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