Venice Film Festival 2017 Stars Virtual Reality
Is the red carpet really there? The 74th Venice Film Festival opened Wednesday night — and this year, the prestigious slate of films includes a competition specifically for VR works. It’s a forward-looking first among major film festivals, even if it’s relegated to a private island that served as a leper colony in the 15th century. Other highlights of the glitzy gathering, which runs through Sept. 9, include Human Flow, a documentary on the global refugee crisis filmed by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei that premieres today.