Bertolucci hopes to be surprised by Venice entries
VENICE, Italy (AP) - Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci initially didn't want to head the Venice Film Festival's jury, saying it's "tremendously tiring". But the 73-year-old Italian said he "caved in" after festival director Alberto Barbera wrote a letter in which "he succeeded to present some responsibilities I would have for cinema, above all for those who are starting out".
"Probably after the festival I will return to Rome and I will burn that letter," Bertolucci said on Wednesday on the film fest's opening day.
The 70th edition kicked off on Wednesday with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney starring in the 3-D space odyssey Gravity, which made its world premiere out of competition.
Contenders for the coveted Golden Lion include Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem, Peter Landesman's Parkland and Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves. Prizes will be announced on Sept 7.