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George Clooney's "Ides of March" Opening Venice

The scene at the Venice Film Festival. Image courtesy of the festival.

George Clooney's fourth directorial effort, "The Ides of March," will open the Venice Film Festival on August 31st. This marks the first of what will be a series of announcements surrounding the major fall festivals, which indieWIRE extensively speculated about Monday.

"Ides of March" is an adaptation of the acclaimed off-Broadway play “Farragut North.” Clooney directed, co-wrote (alongside Grant Heslov) and co-starred in the film, which also features an impressive cast in Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. It follows an idealistic staffer (Gosling) for a newbie presidential candidate (Clooney) who gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Sony will release the film in theaters in October.

Last year, Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" began its massive pre-release buzz by opening the fest. This year, Aronofsky is heading the jury.

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