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Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress to Close Venice Fest, Slate in Focus, Pacino Debuts Wilde Salome

Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress to Close Venice Fest, Slate in Focus, Pacino Debuts Wilde Salome

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Whit Stillman’s first film in 12 years, Damsels in Distress (Sony Pictures Classics), starring indie darling Greta Gerwig, will close the 68th Venice Film Festival on September 10th, and George Clooney’s The Ides of March, co-starring Clooney and Ryan Gosling, will open the Biennale (as previously announced) on August 31. Marco Bellocchio will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the fest, directed by Marco Müller for perhaps the last time, and actor-director Al Pacino will be given the Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award before debuting his third feature-length film out-of-competition, Wilde Salome, starring Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life).

In between, based on the Toronto Film Fest announcement, the non-world premieres there will make their debuts in Venice, including David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse, William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Chicken with Plums and Madonna’s W.E., Steve McQueen’s Shame, Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse and William Friedkin’s Killer Joe. A smattering of likely Venice films is below:

Variety is also reporting, as is Screen, what is likely to be a large chunk of the fest’s slate: Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (Warner Bros.), Roman Polanski’s Carnage (SPC), Jonathan Demme’s documentary I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful (no U.S. distrib), Alexander Sokurov’s Faust (no U.S> distrib), and Mary Harron’s The Moth Diaries (no U.S. distrib). Variety notes that the latest films from Walter Salles, Wong Kar Wai, Brillante Mendoza and Fatih Akin will not be ready to premiere in Venice. The official announcement comes Thursday.

In Competition:
“Alps,” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
“A Burning Hot Summer,” directed by Philippe Garrel
“Carnage,” directed by Roman Polanski
“A Dangerous Method,” directed by David Cronenberg
“Dark Horse,” directed by Todd Solondz
“The Exchange,” directed by Eran Kolirin (The Band’s Visit)
“Faust,” directed by Alexander Sokurov
“Himizu,” directed by Sion Sono
“Killer Joe,” directed by William Friedkin
“The Ides of March,” directed by George Clooney (Opening Night)
“Last Day on Earth,” directed by Abel Ferrara
“The Moth Diaries,” directed by Mary Harron
“Poulet aux prunes,” directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
“Quando la notte,” directed by Cristina Comencini
“Seediq Bale,” directed by Wei Te-sheng
“Shame,” directed by Steve McQueen
“Terraferma,” directed by Emanuele Crialese
“Texas Killing Fields” directed by Ami Canaan Mann (daughter of Michael Mann)
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” directed by Tomas Alfredson
“L’ultimo terrestre,” directed by Gipi
“W.E.,” directed by Madonna
“Wuthering Heights,” directed by Andrea Arnold

Out of Competition:
“La folie Almayer,” directed by Chantal Akerman

Horizons section:
“Two Years At Sea” directed by Ben Rivers
“Shock Head Soul,” directed by and Simon Pummell
“I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful,” directed by Jonathan Demme
“Sal,” directed by James Franco

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