Actor Tahar Rahim, left, and director Fatih Akin arrive for the screening of the movie The Cut at 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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The Venice Film Festival has earned a reputation over the decades for tackling controversial political and social issues head on, and this year has been no exception.German-born Turkish director Fatih Akin's "The Cut", shown on Sunday, is a harrowing fictionalised look at the destruction of the Armenian community in Ottoman Turkey during World War One which historians and Armenians say was genocide.Turkey denies this and says the widely cited death toll of 1.5 million people is inflated.Simon Abkarian, one of the actors in the film, said at a press conference."Loin des Hommes" (Far from Men) is set at the beginning of the Algerian war against French colonial rule in the 1950s and stars Viggo Mortensen as a former major in the French army who is teaching in a school in a remote part of the Atlas Mountains.
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