Venice film festival pulls the stars but gender disparity casts shadow


VENICE (ITALY): The oldest film festival kicks off in Venice on Wednesday. Film festival expected a lot of Hollywood stars and top filmmakers but it came under criticism for including some of the controversial names and lacking female directors. Festival director Albert Barbera feels no guilt as he said “I’m not a judge…I’m a film critic. When I see a film which is a really good one I don’t have any doubt to invite the film to the festival