Rai Com in Venice with The Lions’ Share 

Multi-territory deals ahead of its world premiere 

The 80th anniversary of the Venice Film Festival celebrated by film-documentary The Lion’s Share, presented with a world premiere in the Sala Grande on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 2.15PM.

With the narrating voice of Carla Bruni, The Lion’s Share, directed by Baptiste Etchegaray and Giuseppe Bucchi, produced by Canal Plus and Rai Com, with editorial supervision by Rai Cultura, retraces the crucial steps and significant moments of the Venice Film Festival that since its first edition in 1932 has been the mirror of its time and an integral part of Italian cultural history.

The film-documentary is a roundup of images dedicated to international stars, from Sophia Loren, Virna Lisi, Gina Lollobrigida, Brigitte Bardot to Penelope Cruz, Monica Bellucci and Cate Blanchett who was awarded several times in Venice including with the Coppa Volpi in 2007 and 2022. 

Memories of the eventful era of the Film Festival, through tensed moments like the anguishing screening of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde », the first film to be screened at the festival in 1932, till the period of the Nouvelle Vague in the late 1950s, movement celebrated in Venice as nowhere else in the world, sequences of protests and scandals, such as the one sparked by the screening of  Martin Scorsese’s “The Passion of the Christ” in 1988, etc. Unseen before, the aspect of the Festival that is also a breeding ground for new talents, where Pedro Almodovar, Emir Kusturica, Wim Wenders, Akira Kurosawa and Jane Champion are among the artists revealed and consecrated in the years at the Lido.

Shortly after the world premiere, the film-documentary will be available to the tv audience on several Rai channels: Rai 3 (Sept. 3rd – 00:15AM), Rai Movie (Sept. 4th- 11:25PM), Rai 5 (Sept. 5th – 11:05PM).

With great attention from international broadcasters, numerous countries have already pre-purchased the documentary, among them Spain and Australia.