73rd International Film Festival kicked off in Venice

11:14, 2 September 2016

The 73rd International Film Festival kicked off in Venice. It is considered the world's oldest and one of the three most prestigious film festivals, along with Cannes and Berlin.

Damien Chazelle's romantic musical "La La Land" from America opened the festival, telling the love story of a jazz pianist and a young actress in Los Angeles, with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone starring. Another 19 films will compete for the "Golden Lion". Most of them are works of famous directors such as Wim Wenders, Francois Ozon, Emir Kusturica, Terrence Malick.

The jury is chaired by the British director Samuel Mendez, known for his "American Beauty." The winners will be announced on September 10. Ukraine will be represented in Venice by the film "Luxembourg" by Myroslav Slaboshpytsky, though it will be screened beyond the competition. The film depicts the lives of people in Chernobyl exclusion zone.