The Venice film festival will be kicked off this year by Oscar-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore’s new epic drama entitled Baaria. Baaria is Sicilian slang for Bagheria the village where Tornatore was born. His film is an autobiographic epic about three generations of family all living in the village.

The film boosts an “ensemble cast of home-grown actors” who are all of course, very Italian. One member of the cast you might recognize is the gorgeous Monica Bellucci. The film has an estimated budget of $30 million, which makes it one of the most expensive productions that Italy has seen in recent years.

Contrary to what you might think, the Venice film festival is not biased towards Italian films. In fact, this will be the first Italian film to open the festival in two decades and will feature in the main competition for the coveted Golden Lion award.

Tornatore shot to fame with Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, which won the Oscar for best foreign film in 1990 and since then he has stuck to what he’s good at. Italian film-making.

The festival starts on September 2 and runs through the 12th. Check back in for more details as we get closer!

Source: Reuters