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VENICE, 30 August. /TASS/. Extraordinary security measures are taken this year on Lido island in the Venetian lagoon, where on Wednesday opened the 74th international film festival .

40 CCTV cameras installed at different points kinogorod. All images are transferred to the operational headquarters. On all approaches to the Palace cinema set concrete blocks.

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As pointed out by the local Prefecture, mobilized 100 law enforcement officers more than last year.

The city has already arrived hundreds of guests and journalists. Appeared and the first stars, among them Matt Damon, who played a major role in the film “in Short” (Downsizing) Director and screenwriter Alexander Payne, which opened the festival. At this time, a two-time winner of the “Oscar” considers the problems of modern society through the phantasmagoric plot: scientists propose to deal with the global crisis caused by overpopulation of the planet by reducing the growth of its inhabitants. The couple is played by Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig in pursuit of a better life decide to go for a risky experiment to reduce the growth.

Answering the journalists ‘ question about the current President of the United States Donald trump and his policies, including the protection of the environment, Damon said: “trump does nothing for the environment. Only destroys everything that made [his predecessor Barack] Obama, thinking only about the economy and jobs. What to do? To wait for him to leave.”

“Shorter” in General, like the critics who remind us that in recent years, in Venice guessed the future favorites in the Oscar race. So movies open in different years were “gravity” (gravity, 2013), “Birdman” (Birdman, 2014), “La La land” (La La Land, 2016), which then received awards American Academy.

“In short” participates in the main competition, which claimed 21 picture, including the new directorial effort of actor George Clooney, as well as the films of Darren Aronofsky, Guillermo del Toro, a documentary about the migration of AI Weiwei. The winner will be announced on 9 September.