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Competition, Horizons Lineups (and More) Unveiled for 63rd Venice Fest

Competition, Horizons Lineups (and More) Unveiled for 63rd Venice Fest

Details of the 63rd Venice International Film Festival were unveiled in Rome by Marco Mueller, lead organizer of the heralded annual event. As previously announced, Brian De Palma‘s “The Black Dahlia” will open the festival August 30th, leading a group of five American films screening in the competition of twenty-one titles. In addition to the competition section, Mueller unveiled the out of competition, Horizons, short film, documentary and special screenings sections. The event will continue through September 9th in Italy.

[See full competition, out of competition and Horizons linueps below.]

Death and murder are popular themes among this year’s U.S. contingent. Along with “Dhalia,” starring Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart and Hillary Swank recounting an infamous Hollywood murder of an aspiring actress, Darren Aronofky‘s romantic sci-fi “The Fountain” with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz joins the competition. In Allen Coulter‘s “Hollywoodland” with Adrien Brody, Ben Affleck and Diane Lane, a detective delves into the mysterious death of TV’s Superman, George Reeves. Actor/director Emilio Estevez‘s “Bobby,” starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone and Elijah Wood,” meanwhile centers on the assassination of presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy at L.A.’s Ambassador Hotel, focusing on 22 people who attended the ill-fated campaign stop.

Also in the competition is Stephen Frears‘ “The Queen” (UK, France, Italy), which has been slated to open the New York Film Festival September 29, recounts the dramatic days following the untimely death of the Princess of Wales in Paris and the seemingly peculiar early reaction of the British royal family to the news, which plunged the UK and much of the world into mourning. Out of competition titles slated this year include David Frenkel‘s “The Devil Wears Prada” with Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway as well as David Lynch‘s anticipated “Inland Empire” and Oliver Stone‘s “World Trade Center,” which opens stateside in early August. Seventeen titles will screen in the out of competition section, including Italian director Vittorio de Seta‘s “Lettere dal Sahara,” which is slated to screen as a special event.

Twelve features will screen in Venice’s Horizons section, which spotlights new trends in cinema. Among the dozen are Ethan Hawke‘s “The Hottest State” starring Catalina Sandino Moreno, Laura Linney and Hawke about an aspiring Texas actor who tries to make it in New York, while juggling his relationship with a singer. Also slated is Killer Film’s Capote film from Warner Independent Pictures. Douglas McGrath‘s bio-drama “Infamous” is about writer Truman Capote’s unusual relationship formed with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith while researching the book that eventually made him a superstar, “In Cold Blood.”

Clive Owen and Julianne Moore in a scene from Alfonso Cuaron’s “Children of Men”. Photo provided by Universal Studios

Seven documentaries are also featured in the Orizzonti Doc section, including David Leaf and John Scheinfeld‘s “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” (US) and Spike Lee‘s Hurricane Katrina expose, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.” Horizon special event screenings feature five titles, including Giuseppe Bertolucci‘s doc “Pasolini prossimo nostro” (France, Italy) and Gil Rossellini‘s doc “Kill Gil (vol.2)” from Italy and Switzerland.

Other sections unveiled today include a retrospective of Russian cinema, a survey of the work of Brazilian filmmaker Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, and The Secret History of Italian Cinema 3, looking at Italian film from 1937 to 1979.

In Competition

Fallen Austria“, directed by Barbara Albert (Austria)

La stella che non c’e“, directed by Gianni Amelio (Italy, France, Switzerland, Singapore)

The Fountain“, directed by Darren Aronofsky (USA)

Hollywoodland“, directed by Allen Coulter (USA)

Nuovomondo” (The Golden Door), directed by Emanuele Crialese (Italy, France)

Children of Men“, directed by Alfonso Cuaron (UK, USA)

The Black Dahlia“, directed by Brian de Palma (USA)

Bobby“, directed by Emilio Estevez (USA)

The Queen“, directed by Stephen Frears (UK, France, Italy)

Daratt“, directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Ciad, France, Belgium, Austria)

L’intouchable“, directed by Benoit Jacquot (France)

Paprika“, directed by Kon Satoshi (Japan)

Nue propriete“, directed by Joachim LaFosse (Belgium, Luxembourg, France)

Mushi-shi“, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo (Japan)

Private Fears in Public Places“, directed by Alain Resnais (France, Italy)

Quei loro incontri“, directed by Jean-Marie Straub, Daniele Huillet (Italy, France)

Fangzhu“, directed by Johnnie To (Hong Kong, China)

Hei yanquan“, directed by Tsai Ming-Liang (Taiwan, France, Austria)

Zwartboek“, directed by Paul Verhoeven (Netherlands, Germany, UK)

Ejforija“, directed by Ivan Vyrypaev (Russia)

Sang sattawat“, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand, France)

Out of Competition

Quelques jours en Septembre“, directed by Santiago Amigorena (France, Italy)

The Magic Flute“, directed by Kenneth Branagh (UK)

Yeyan“, directed by Xiaogang Feng (China)

The Devil Wears Prada“, directed by David Frenkel (USA)

Ostrov“, directed by Pavel Lounguine (Russia)

INLAND EMPIRE“, directed by David Lynch (USA)

Gedo senki“, directed by Goro Miyazaki (Japan)

Belle toujours“, directed by Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal)

World Trade Center“, directed by Oliver Stone (USA)

Out of Competition – Midnight

Para entrar a vivir“, directed by Jaume Balaguero Spain – 68′
Macarena Gomez, Adria Collado, Nuria Gonzalez, Ruth Diaz

Rob-B-Hood“, directed by Benny Chan (Hong Kong, China)

Baaz ham sib daari?“, directed by Bayram Fazli (Iran)
“Sakebi”, directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan)

The Wicker Man“, directed by Neil LaBute (USA)

Jakpae“, directed by Seung-wan Ryoo (South Korea)

Summer Love“, directed by Piotr Uklansky (Poland)

Out of Competition – Special event

Lettere dal Sahara“, directed by Vittorio De Seta (Italy)

Horizons

Suely“, directed by Karim Ainouz (Brazil)

Koorogi“, directed by Shinji Aoyama (Japan)

The Hottest State“, directed by Ethan Hawke (USA)

Taiyang yu“, directed by Yuhang Ho (Malaysia, Hong Kong)

Svobodnoe plavanie“, directed by Boris Khlebnikov (Russia)

El Cobrador“, directed by Paul LeDuc (Mexico, Argentina, Brazil)

Mabei shang de fating“, directed by Jie Liu (China)

Infamous“, directed by Douglas McGrath (USA)

Opera Jawa“, directed by Garin Nugroho (Indonesia)

Quijote“, directed by Mimmo Paladino (Italy)

Non prendere impegni stasera“, directed by Gianluca Tavarelli (Italy)

Roma wa la n’touma“, directed by Tariq Teguia (Algeria, France, Germany)

Orizzonti Doc

Ana alati tahmol azouhour ila qabriha“, directed by Hala Alabdalla Yakoub and Ammar Al Beik (Syria, France)

Bellissime 2“, directed by Giovanna Gagliardo (Italy)

Dong“, directed by Zhangke Jia (China)

The U.S. vs. John Lennon“, directed by David Leah, John Scheinfeld

When the Leeves Broke. A Requiem in Four Acts“, directed by Spike Lee

Tachiguishi retsuden“, directed by Mamoru Oshii (Japan)

Heimat – Fragmente“, directed by Edgar Reitz and Christian Reitz Germany

Special Events

Pasolini prossimo nostro“, directed by Giuseppe Bertolucci (Italy, France)

Akamas“, directed by Panicos Chrysanthou (Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Turkey)

C’est Gradiva qui vous appelle“, directed by Alain Robbe-Grillet (France, Belgium)

Kill Gil (vol. 2)“, directed by Gil Rossellini (Italy, Switzerland)

Il mio paese“, directed by Daniele Vicari (Italy)

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