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The Venice Film Festival lineup

Venice Film Festival is going to open on August 28th, let’s get a look at the line-up of “Venezia 70”: the international competition of feature films, presented as world premieres.

The 2013 edition of the Venice Film Festival sees Scarlett Johansson, George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and Nicolas Cage on the red carpet. The Lido of Venice also finds room for Terry Gilliam and Glazer, James Franco and Hayao Miyazaki. The official selection includes 21 films in competition, more 17 of the section “Orizzonti”, the new trends in world cinema.

The Zero Theorem

Gilliam’s new film, The Zero Theorem, stars Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz as a reclusive maths genius and showcases supporting performances from Ben Whishaw and Tilda Swinton. While Glazer’s Under the Skin, adapted from the 2000 novel by Michel Faber, features Scarlett Johansson as a flesh-eating alien, hunting hitch-hikers in the wilds of northern Scotland.

Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin

Other films selected for competition include James Franco’s adaptation of the Cormac Mc Carthy novel Child of God, Kelly Reichardt’s eco-terrorist drama Night Moves, and David Gordon Green’s Joe, in which Nicolas Cage headlines as a Mississippi tree poisoner.

Night moves

Veteran Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki returns with the aviation drama Kaze Tachinu, while Errol Morris looks set to stoke controversy with the Unknown Known, a documentary about the former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld. British director Stephen Frears will also be in Venice competition with his new film Philomena. Frears’s fact-based adoption drama stars Judi Dench as a mother in search of the son she gave up.

Kaze Tachinu

The festival opens with Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, an existential sci-fi thriller that features George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as imperiled astronauts aboard a stricken space shuttle.  It will screen in 3D on August 28th in the Sala Grande of Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony.

The Orizzonti section will see as protagonist the Americans Gia Coppola with Palo Alto and Ti West with The Sacrament, as well as three Italian directors: Enrico Maria Artale, Adrea Pallaoro and Andrea Serge.

Elsewhere, there are out-of-competition slots for Kim Ki Duk’s provocative, blood-soaked Moebius, which has already scandalised the ratings board in the director’s native South Korea, and Paul Schrader’s trouble-plagued The Canyons, an erotic drama scripted by Bret Easton Ellis that pairs Lindsay Lohan with porn star James Deen.

The Festival will close on September 7th with the award ceremony… who will win the coveted Leone d’Oro?

Ticket Office: Palazzo del Cinema, Lungomare Marconi, 30126 – Lido di Venezia

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