VENICE, Italy, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The 62nd Venice Film Festival kicked off Wednesday amid high security.
Police scuba divers scoured the lagoon, sharpshooters were perched on roofs and metal detectors lined the sidewalk into the Palazzo del Cinema, Daily Variety reported.
Italy is considered at high risk of a terrorist attack because of its support of the U.S.-led contingent in Iraq.
The competition formally begins Thursday with Clooney's "Good Night and Good Luck."
The festival runs through Sept. 10.