Harvey Weinstein is playing games. The marketing maestro didn't want Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" announced with the rest of the pack for The Venice Film Festival, which unveiled its competition line-up last week. Now "The Master" (which opens on September 14, a month earlier than originally planned ), along with Terrence Malick’s fervently-anticipated “To The Wonder,” will both suck up the publicity oxygen in the run-up to and during the La Biennale.
UPDATE: While Telluride's secret line-up will not be announced until Labor Day Weekend, word is "The Master" will also play Toronto and in all likehood, Fantastic Fest. This fall, Weinstein has plenty of high-profile projects to juggle as well, from David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" to December 25 opener "Django Unchained," written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Other titles that will be vying for La Biennale de Venezia’s Golden Lion include Olivier Assayas’ “Something In The Air,” Takeshi Kitano’s “Outrage: Beyond,” Kim Ki-duk’s “Pieta,” Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” and Brian De Palma’s “Passion,” which stars Rachel McAdams (also in the Malick film) and Noomi Rapace. Variety originally reported "The Master" as part of the line-up, then backpeddled; the trade also added an Israeli academic as co-director with rookie filmmaker Rama Burshtein (not Burzstyn) for "Fill the Void."
The rest of the Venice line-up is listed below.While Anderson, Malick, Korine and Assayas all enter Venice as first-timers in the Competition, it will be Kitano’s seventh time vying for the Golden Lion (he won in 1997 for "Hana-B"i), Ki-duk’s fourth, Mendoza’s second and DePalma’s third, following "The Black Dahlia" in 2006 and "Redacted" – which won the Silver Lion – in 2007. Although the Lido’s 69th edition will be a slimmed-down affair under new artistic director Alberto Barbera, who returns to the top job after heading up the festival from 1998-2002, this year’s festival will still play host to 50 world premieres. Venice runs from August 29-September 8,
69TH ANNUAL VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP:
OPENING FILM (OUT-OF-COMPETITION)
"The Reluctant Fundamentalist," Mira Nair (U.S.,Qatar)
"To The Wonder," Terrence Malick (U.S.)
"Something in the Air," Olivier Assayas (France)
"Outrage:Beyond," Takeshi Kitano (Japan)
"Fill The Void," Rama Burshtein (Israel)
"Pieta," Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
"Dormant Beauty," Marco Bellocchio (Italy)
"E' stato il figlio," Daniele Cipri (Italy)
"At Any Price," Ramin Bahrani (US, UK)
"La Cinquieme Saison," Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (Belgium, Netherlands, France)
"Un Giorno Speciale, " Francesca Comencini (Italy)
"Passion," Brian De Palma (France, Germany)
"Superstar, " Xavier Giannoli (France, Belgium)
"Spring Breakers," Harmony Korine (US)
"Thy Womb," Brillante Mendoza (Philippines)
"Linhas de Wellington," Valeria Sarmiento (Portugal, France)
"Paradise: Faith," Ulrich Seidl (Austria, France, Germany)
"Betrayal," Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)