The official line up of the 2012 Venice Film Festival will not be announced until July 26th, but it will include two Israeli films.
The prestigious event raises awareness of international cinema, showcases new films and discovers new talent.
With that in mind, Rama Burshtein's 'Fill the Void' and Idan Hubel's 'The Cut-Off Man' will vie for glory, labiennale.org reports. Artistic director Alberto Barbera singled out Colombia, Indonesia, Thailand and Costa Rica as places for 'unearthing other promising new directors'.
He added that this years' event will be a more 'sober' affair; reducing the number of film entries in order to pay more attention to each - part of what Barbera calls a 'freshening up'.
Descending upon the beautiful city will be the 'glitterati' of the film world, all speculating as to who will take home the coveted golden lion award. Last year, Madonna, Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley were among the stars in attendance when Russian director Aleksander Sokurov won for his film, 'Faust', huffingtonpost.com writes.
The Film Festival always doubles as a ten-day advertisement for Venice as a glamorous and exciting destination, displaying the canals and pretty architecture to its best advantage - with George Clooney in the picture!
It also often serves to whet the appetite for the Venice Carnival, which follows in February 2013. This magical extravaganza of masked balls also attracts A listers and Johnny Depp is one that has been spotted at the exclusive Il Ballo Del Doge.
The 69th Venice Film Festival takes place between August 29th - September 8th.