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italy earthquake 2016

The gala dinner and reception on the beach that have traditionally followed the opening ceremony of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, scheduled for August 31st have been cancelled, following the earthquake that struck central Italy.

CNN reports that at least 247 people were killed after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy Wednesday.

In its statement, the festival said that it “shares in the bereavement, expresses its deepest sorrow for the victims, and its utmost solidarity and support to the communities struck by the earthquake.”

The 73rd Venice International Film Festival will take place on the Lido from August 31st to September 10th, 2016.

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