Headed for the first time by former Venice Film Festival director Marco Mueller, the programming is certainly more high profile than any of the festival's previous editions. Among the films announced today that are screening out of competition were PJ Hogan's reunion with his "Muriel's Wedding" star Toni Collette, "Mental," and Marjane Satrapi's "The Gang of the Jotas."
Though one film that many folks had suspected would end up in Rome -- Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" -- was nowhere to be found in today's announcement. Though it may very well end up one of two "surprise screenings" the festival is planning.
Below is a list of the films screening in and out of competition at the festival, which runs November 9-17, 2012.
"A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," Roman Coppola, U.S.
"Lesson of Evil," Takashi Miike, Japan
"Ali Ha Gli Occhi Azzurri," Claudio Giovannesi, Italy
"E La Chiamano Estate," Paolo Franchi, Italy
"Ixjana," Jozef Skolimowski, Michal Skolimowski, Poland
"Mai Morire," Enrique Rivero, Mexico
"Hand in Hand," Valerie Donzelli, France
"Marfa Girl," Larry Clark, U.S.
"The Motel Life," Gabriel Polsky, Alan Polsky, U.S.
"Celestial Wives of Meadow Mari," Alexey Fedorchenko, Russia
"You, Me and Us," Jacques Doillon, France
"Eternal Homecoming," Kira Muratova, Ukraine
"Il Volto Di Un'altra," Pappi Corsicato, Italy
Out of Competition:
"The Gang of the Jotas," Marjane Satrapi, France
"Bullet to the Head," Walter Hill, U.S.
"The Lookout," Michele Placido, France
"Mental," P.J. Hogan, Australia
"Populaire," Regis Roinsard, France
"Rise of the Guardians," Peter Ramsey, U.S.
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2," Bill Condon, U.S.
"A Gun in Each Hand," Cesc Gay, Spain
"Waiting for the Sea," Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov, Russia