In it's 68th year, Venice boasts the oldest film festival in the world.
Yet, there are fears that the Venice Film Festival is sinking, as other film festivals are deemed to be glitzier, more spectacular, more 'Hollywood'.
For Marco Mueller, the director of the Venice Festival for the last eight years, this year is going to outshine all of the others.
"Some of the biggest stars here this year have stepped behind the camera."
Some 65 films are in the official categories this year, including films directed by George Clooney, and Madonna.
Al Jazeera's Rory Challands reports from Venice.