With world powers deciding whether to attack Syria, tensions in and over the Middle East have started to crash the bubble that is the Venice Film Festival.

Conversations about Obama’s decision to submit military action to a Congressional vote, and how French President Francois Hollande should proceed, can indeed be overheard in line for press screenings or on café patios that line the Lido island.

Such current events gave Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai’s “Ana Arabia,” which screened in competition Monday night, a timely edge.

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