ARPA International Film Festival Begins Friday, Oct 23

Opening Night Premiere – “Venezzia”

On Friday, October 23 the festival screens the North American debut of Haik Gazarian’s “VENEZZIA,” a Venezuelan production starring two of Latin America’s top film and TV stars, Alfonso Herrera and Ruddy Rodriguez. Gazarian’s first directorial outing sets an epic love story on the Venezuelan coast of the Caribbean Sea during World War II.

The red carpet premiere of “VENEZZIA” which kicks off at 6:30 p.m., will be attended by Herrera, former member of the Grammy-nominated pop group RBD; and Rodriguez, whose more than two decades in television and film have garnered her a legion of devoted fans in the Spanish speaking world and beyond; executive producer Edgar Ramirez whose acting credits include “Domino,” “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Vantage Point”; and screenwriter Valentina Rendon. Opening night proceedings will be emceed by REELZChannel’s Jill Simonian. The screening begins at 8:00 p.m., followed by a cast and crew discussion. Reception in the Egyptian Theatre courtyard will follow. Exclusive $40 pre-sale tickets are available at

VENEZZIA (North American Premiere)
Arpa International Film Festival proudly presents the long anticipated North American premiere of Haik Gazarian’s “VENEZZIA” starring two of Latin America’s hottest talents, Alfonso Herrera and Ruddy Rodriguez. Gazarian makes his directorial debut in this epic love story set on the Venezuelan coast of the Caribbean Sea during World War II. A team of Allied military technicians arrives off the Venezuelan coast to patrol against German U-boats. Frank Moore (Alfonso Herrera) is assigned to the remote town of Puerto Miranda where he becomes embroiled in a Nazi plot to sabotage oil supplies destined for Allied ports. He also meets the beautiful and mysterious Venezzia (Ruddy Rodríguez). Longing to escape from the clutches of her domineering husband, Venezzia senses an instant mutual attraction with Frank.

Ticket Information

To become a festival sponsor or to purchase tickets to the Opening Night Premiere screening of “Venezzia” and Closing Night Awards Gala at the historic Egyptian Theatre, please visit or call 323-663-1882. Tickets to individual screenings may be purchased online or at the Egyptian Theatre box office for $11. Tickets to the Closing Night Awards Gala, which includes cocktails and a dinner reception, may be purchased for $75. Tickets to the red carpet premiere screening of “Venezzia” and the post-screening reception are available at for a purchase price of $40. Tickets may also be purchased at the Egyptian Theatre box office for $50 on premiere night. Opening Night Premiere and Gala tickets are also available through the purchase of a VIP 3-day All-Access Pass at the special rate of $150.

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