The outlook on Italian cinema grows wider thanks to Gianni Amelio’s Il signore delle formiche, inspired by a real criminal case mounted against a homosexual professor in 1960s Italy, accused of ‘brainwashing’ youth. Joana Hogg worked on a recurrent theme at the Festival: mother-daughter relationships, in the shape of a disquieting ghost story: The Eternal Daughter. The Orizzonti section takes us back to the tragedy consuming eastern Europe with Victim by Michal Blaško, a ‘social thriller’ of sorts. Tonight, all eyes will be on Walter Hill’s latest film, Dead for a Dollar, and its stellar cast, which include Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe, and Benjamin Bratt. The Venice Days and Film Critics’ Week programmes tell stories of difficult adolescence: The Maiden by debutant Graham Foy and Dogborn by Isabella Carbonell.