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Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta

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Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta poses on the beach during a photocall at the 66th Venice Film Festival, September 1, 2009. REUTERSAlessandro Bianchi   by Mike Collett-White

VENICE (Reuters) – The Venice film festival opened on Wednesday with big-budget Italian movie “Baaria,” a sentimental sweep through 20th century Sicily taking in Fascism, war, Communism and the mafia.

Billed as one of Italy’s most expensive movies costing 25 million euros ($36 million), the first home-made film to open Venice for around 20 years kicked off 11 days of screenings, photo shoots, parties and red carpet glamour on the Lido island.

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