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:: Spotlight :: 2006 Venice International Film Festival picture gallery

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The 63rd Venice International Film Festival, organised by the Venice Biennale, has commenced at the Venice Lido. It runs until September 9, 2006.

The aim of the Festival is to encourage the awareness and the promotion of all the various aspects of international cinema as art, entertainment and industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance.

Four international juries will assign the official awards of the Mostra: the Venezia 63 jury will award the Golden Lion for best film ; the Corto Cortissimo jury will award the Corto Cortissimo Lion for best short film ; the Orizzonti jury will award the Orizzonti prize ; the “Luigi De Laurentiis” jury will award the Lion of the Future , for which all the debut full-length films presented in the various sections of the Festival are eligible.

The Mostra also includes retrospectives and homages to major figures as a contribution towards a better awareness of the history of cinema: one section is dedicated to The Secret History of Russian Cinema, one to Brazilian film-maker Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, and one to The Secret History of Italian Cinema .

The collateral sections of the Mostra include the International Critics' Week , and the Giornate degli autori - Venice Days .

Here is the day-by-day picture gallery.

August 30, 2006

Isabella Ferrari Brian De Palma
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson Josh Hartnett
Mia Kirshner Michele Placido & Cameron Crowe

August 31, 2006

Diane Lane Diane Lane & Marco Muller
Ben Affleck Ben Affleck, Bob Hoskins, Diane Lane & Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody Sandra Bullock
Valentino Rossi was a guest

World Trade Centre Red Carpet

Maria Bello & Oliver Stone
Maria Bello

September 1, 2006

William Jimeno & John McLoughlin - World Trade Centre survivors John McLoughlin and family
Carice van Houten and Sebastian Koch Paul Verhoeven with Carice and Sebastian
Juliette Binoche
Maria Bello Spike Lee
Halina Reijn

September 2, 2006

Catalina Sandino Moreno Edgar Reitz and son Christian
Ethan Hawke
Manuela Arcuri Stephen Frears & Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren Macarena Gomez

September 3, 2006

Zhang Ziyi
Claire-Hope Ashitey Xun Zhou & Zhang Ziyi
Clive Owen Hermila Guedes & Karim Ainouz
Trudie Styler & Sting

September 4, 2006

Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz Sean Patrick Thomas, Darren Aronofsky, & Rachel Weisz
Micaela Ramazzotti Alessandro Gassman
Kate Beahan Neal LaBute & Kate Beahan
Rocco Papaleo Tariq Teguia

Children Of Men Red Carpet

Clive Owen Clive Owen and wife Sarah-Jane Fenton
Alfonso Cuaron Alfonso Cuaron and wife Annalisa
Claire-Hope Ashitey

September 5, 2006

Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan & Christian Slater Sonja Magdevski & Emilio Estevez
Tai Ling Gianni Amelio, Tai Ling, & Sergio Castellito
Catherine Deneuve Freddy Rodriguez

September 6 & 7, 2006

Josie Ho Polina Agureyeva
Laura Dern & Jeremy Irons Jeremy Irons, David Lynch, Laura Dern, & Justin Theroux
David Lynch Justin Theroux