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Venice Film Festival to honor Wes Craven with screening

Venice Film Festival bosses have added a last-minute screening of horror movie classic A Nightmare On Elm Street to their line-up in memory of late director Wes Craven.

The filmmaker lost his battle with brain cancer on Sunday (30Aug15), two days before the annual festival kicked off in Italy.

Now event organizers have announced there will be a free midnight showing of the 1984 fan favorite on Saturday (05Sep15) to honor Craven.

The movie is a departure from the typically classy type of films screened at Venice, but festival director Alberto Barbera insists, "(Craven was) an auteur who has managed to innovate a genre - horror - which is among the most loved, particularly among the young."

The 72nd annual Venice Film Festival began on Tuesday (01Sep15) and runs until 12 September (15).

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