Venice Makes Its Annual Splash
The 75th annual Venice Film Festival is scheduled to open today (Wednesday) with a screening of Atonement, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. Reporters attending the festival have expressed high regard for the festival's selections this year. They include the controversial Ang Lee drama, Lust, Caution, which was slapped with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA last week because of its sexual content. Focus Features, which is releasing the movie on September 28, has said that it will not contest the rating -- often regarded as a mark of death, since many newspapers refuse to carry ads for films bearing the rating and many theater chains and individual theaters refuse to show them. However, raising a bigger to-do in Venice has been the decision of the festival organizers to note that the film was made in "Taiwan, China." The government of Taiwan -- often referred to as Nationalist China -- has complained that the designation makes it appear as if Taiwan is ruled by the mainland government -- often referred to as Communist China.