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.