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|Actor Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso arrive on the red carpet of the premiere of the film "Downsizing" which opens the 74th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice http://www.cheapmlbmetsshop.com/zack-wheeler/ , Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. (AP PhotoDomenico Stinellis) by Alessandra Cardone
VENICE, Italy http://www.cheapmlbmetsshop.com/matt-harvey/ , Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The world premiere of "Downsizing" by American director Alexander Payne opened the 2017 Venice Film Festival on Wednesday.
Starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as major characters, the satirical film tells of a surprising "near future" in which Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink people to five inches tall in order to make life on planet more sustainable, and the human community less resource-consuming.
Damon and Wiig -- playing the roles of a middle-class couple -- decide to go through this irreversible path, and to begin a new life with the first community for small people in New Mexico. Such choice would change their lives forever.
As expected http://www.cheapmlbmetsshop.com/steven-matz/ , a large crowd of fans waited around the red carpet to watch Matt Damon, American actress Annette Bening -- head of the festival's main jury -- and the other stars parade in the light of Venice Lido's late afternoon.
Besides Payne's new feature, the opening day was marked by a premiere screening of "Nico, 1988" by Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli http://www.cheapmlbmetsshop.com/jeurys-familia/ , competing in the Horizons section devoted to new cinema trends.
The biographical movie focuses on the last years of German musician and actress Christa Paffgen -- best known by her artistic nickname "Nico" -- singer of Velvet Underground band and one of Andy Warhol's muses.
Overall, this 74th edition of the Venice Film Festival would feature 21 world premieres contending for the Golden Lion, 22 works out of the competition -- including eight documentaries and two medium-length films -- and another 19 in the Horizons section.
While Annette Bening leads the international panel that will confer the Golden Lion, other four juries will preside over the other sections http://www.cheapmlbmetsshop.com/travis-darnaud/ , Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera explained at the opening press conference.
A large space was devoted to the very novelty of this year: a competitive section dedicated to Virtual Reality works.
With some 22 titles in competition, the VR section will allow visitors to choose among seated viewing with visor, stand-up viewing (possibly interactively), and three-dimensional installations.
This section was being held at the Lazzaretto Vecchio http://www.cheapmlbmetsshop.com/juan-lagares/ , a small island very close to Venice Lido that operated as a leper colony in the 15th century, and has now been opened to the audience of the festival for the first time ever.
"We have given to VR (works) a wonderful space this year, and we meant it, with the very purpose of declaring our interest in this new reality http://www.cheapmlbmetsshop.com/jose-reyes/ ," Paolo Baratta, president of the Venice Biennale organizing the festival, told reporters.
He added the Biennale would always keep an eye open on the different arts, and on the evolution of technical and technological progresses offering new tools to the artistic expression.
"Virtual Reality is not an extension of cinema. It is a new medium being made possible by new technologies http://www.cheapmlbmetsshop.com/wilmer-flores/ , and great filmmakers are currently making experiments with it," artistic director Barbera as well stressed at the press conference.
As such, VR works would exist beside traditional movies in the future -- maybe posing challenges, but no "threat" to cinema -- according to Barbera. "VR would not kill cinema http://www.cheapmlbmetsshop.com/tug-mcgraw/ , as much as cinema did not kill any other form of art," he said.
TUNIS， Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Foreign investments in Tunisia declined by about 10 percent in the first 10 months of 2016 compared to the same period last year， the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA) announced on Wednesday.
Foreign investments amounted to 700 million U.S. dollars during the first 10 months of this year， according to FIPA. It attributed this fall to the decline in the service sector investments by almost 48 percent.
Observers believe the foreign investments prospect in Tunisia are promising in light of the success of the recent international investment conference held in Tunis on November. 29 and 30.
by Mahmoud Fouly
CAIRO， Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The upcoming G20 summit to be held in China with the participation of some developing countries represents a real opportunity for reviving and reshaping the world economy that has been facing decline over the past few years， said Egyptian economic and political experts.
China chose ""Toward an Innovative， Invigorated， Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy"" as the theme for this year's summit that will be held in the city of Hangzhou on Sept. 4-5.
In late 2008， the representation at the G20 changed from the level of finance ministers and central bank governors to heads of states due to their realization of the heaviness of the economic crisis.
This year， China invites two developing countries as the G20 summit guests of honor， namely Egypt and Kazakhstan， besides the participation of Chad as current head of the African Union (AU)， Senegal as China's basic partner for African development and Laos as chief of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
""China puts this summit back on track and restores its original goals as an economic summit where economic cooperation and exchange among states are separated from their level of political relations，"" Diaa Helmi， head of the Egyptian-Chinese Chamber Of Commerce， told Xinhua.
The expert stressed that China seeks openness to the world including Africa， the Arab world， the Middle East region and other states， adding that both Africa and Western states are currently heading east towards China， ""which reflects success of the Chinese economic experience as a model to follow.""