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Venice pulls opening celebrations

The Venice International Film Festival has pulled its opening celebrations as a mark of respect following the earthquake in and around Amatrice which has left over 250 people dead.

The opening event was due to take place 31 August, featuring a party and the world premiere screening of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land (pictured, top). The screening will still go ahead, but the party has been cancelled.

Derek Cianfrance’s partly NZ-shot The Light Between Oceans and Jake Mahaffy’s short Midwinter are selected for Venice.

The Venice International Film Festival runs 31 August – 10 September.

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