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Venice film festival 2020 roundup – against all the odds, a triumph

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At a safe, relaxed festival where big Hollywood films were absent, the hot ticket was a Pedro Almodóvar short – but who will most impress Cate Blanchett’s Golden Lion jury? In any normal year this might have seemed a pretty decent Venice. But in 2020, the fact that the Venice film festival happened at all seems nothing less than miraculous. Until the last minute, many wondered whether things would go ahead, but they did – and far more than just adequately. The idea of a major film festival happening live seemed almost unimaginable in the time of Covid-19, but while many festivals went strictly online, and Cannes was cancelled altogether, the Venice team managed to attract an audience to the Lido with a varied and impressive slate of films. True, there were no A-list American movies at an event that has thrived on them of late, notably sparking an international controversy with
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