By Ben Travers | Indiewire July 3, 2013 at 10:38AM
The Venice International Film Festival has chosen one of its favorite directors to kick off its 70th anniversary. "Gravity," Alfonso Cuaron's long-awaited follow-up to "Children of Men," will premiere out of competition on August 28 as the 11-day Italian festival's opening night film. Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, the buzzed-about Oscar contender's presence as Venice should come as no surprise. Cuaron's last two non-"Harry Potter" films found their way to the festival, with both "Children of Men" and "Y tu mama tambien" winning awards.
Shot in 2011 and having been in post-production ever since, "Gravity" has worked up plenty of buzz for its special effects and Cuaron's trademark long takes. The Warner Bros. release focuses on two astronauts who become stranded in space after their shuttle is destroyed during what should have been a routine spacewalk. The last science fiction-esque film to open the Venice Film Festival was "Space Cowboys," a film from 2000 starring Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, and James Garner. It's safe to say hopes are slightly higher for Cuaron's latest.
"Gravity" will open nationally in 3D, 2D, IMAX, and pretty much any other theatrical format you want on October 4. Check out the trailer below.