A statue of a Lion is exhibited near the Palazzo del Cinema as workers put the last touch on a wall on the eve of the opening of the 67th Venice Film Festival, which runs from September 1 to September 11 at the Venice Lido. Twenty-four films will compete for the Golden Lion and the jury will be directed by US filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP/ Getty Images
The New York Times has a preview of the festival.
Speaking of Venice, the city’s next Bienniale in 2011 may showcase an official pavilion of Iraqi artists for the first time since 1976, via ARTINFO.
A main venue for the upcoming Toronto Film Festival was searched for bed bugs after a film critic tweeted that a friend may have received bites while watching a movie, via The Globe and Mail. (Exterminators did not find any bugs.)
Mexico’s new 500-pesos bill features the portraits of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, via the Los Angeles Times.
The Los Angeles Times reports on an upcoming taping of performances of the Miami City Ballet, set to air on PBS next year.