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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’ and Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Are ‘Virtually Assured’ to Premiere at the Venice Film Festival

Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" has already been announced as the opening-night selection.

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The 73rd Venice Film Festival doesn’t reveal its full lineup for another week, but Variety is reporting that two high-profile selections are “virtually assured” to premiere at the fest: Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” and Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” both of which star Amy Adams. A third — Antoine Fuqua’s remake of “The Magnificent Seven” — is another possibility. “Whiplash” writer/director Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has already been announced as the opening-night selection.

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As for Continental fare, two-time Palme d’Or winner Emir Kusturica may be in Venice with “On the Milky Road,” Wim Wenders with “The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez” and Stephane Brize with “Un Vie.” That said, Variety notes that artistic director Alberto Barbera, is known for “down-to-the-wire decision-making” and nothing is certain yet.

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“Nocturnal Animals,” a thriller set in both the criminal underbelly of Texas and the L.A. art world, marks Ford’s first film since he made his directorial debut with “A Single Man,” while the sci-fi drama “Arrival” could provide a sense of Villeneuve’s genre sensibilities as he prepares his “Blade Runner” sequel. The Venice Film Festival begins on August 31 with the world premiere of “La La Land” and runs through September 10.

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