Venice Film Festival opens with rave reviews for Gravity
Clooney and Bullock help kick off event premier29 August, 10:21
The space thriller with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, screened on Wednesday evening at the kick-off of the festival's 70th edition and was described by Variety magazine as a "white-knuckle space odyssey" that "should inspire awe among critics and audiences worldwide".
British daily the Guardian wrote that Gravity is "a brilliantly tense and involving account of two stricken astronauts; a howl in the wilderness that sucks the breath from your lungs".
Clooney and Bullock are the sole actors in the film that portrays two astronauts stranded in space after their shuttle is pummelled by debris from a destroyed Russian satellite.
On Thursday, the first of three Italian entries will be screened. 'Via Castellana Bandiera', the debut film by director Emma Dante, is a comedy featuring an all-female ensemble set in a particularly sultry Sicily.
The world's oldest film festival runs from August 28 until September 7.