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Secret Venice

Secret Venice

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Secret Venice
France

Director: Laurence Thiriat

Venice is one of the most exquisite settings in the world. It is a city of many facets that charms just about everyone. More and more tourists visit every year. Fourteen million people visited this year. Twenty million are expected in ten years time. Their itinerary is always the same. Piazza San Marco with its pigeons is a must-see and Ponte Rialto surrounded by a plethora of souvenir shops is another.

But behind this postcard Venice many less known places to visit can be found. Even the more frequented spots have aspects that remain to be discovered, not to mention the principal feature of this unique city: water. It is the element that gave life to Venice and has now become one of its principal adversaries.

This documentary will show the hidden side of a city we thought we knew well. We will visit the secret Venice in the company of the city's main players. They will invite us into the sumptuous palaces along the banks of the Grand Canal. We will discover intimate churches with their private treasures. These sanctuaries harbour masterpieces painted by the great artists of the 16th century.

We will also explore the Lagoon that encircles Venice and its surprising islands and we will take part in the daily life of those that live in today's Venice and continue to believe that it has a future if only the place and its needs are respected.

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