Films from Terrence Malick ("To The Wonder"), Olivier Assayas ("Something In The Air"), Takeshi Kitano ("Outrage: Beyond"), Ramin Bahrani ("At Any Price"), Marco Bellocchio ("Dormant Beauty"), Brian De Palma ("Passion"), Brillante Mendoza ("Thy Womb") and Harmony Korine ("Spring Breakers") are among the competition titles, while -- as previously announced -- Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" will open the fest.
A film notably not coming to the festival is Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," which many assumed was something of a lock for competition. It may still turn up in Toronto or Telluride, but unless it ends up being a last minute edition, "The Master" is not heading to Italy this August. Other somewhat suspected (to varying degrees) films that didn't end up in Venice lineup include Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," Michael Hoffman's "Gambit," Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," James Gray's "Lowlife," and Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives" (all of which could also turn up in Toronto or Telluride, though most seem unlikely at this point).
Among the films that did make the cut, an interesting trend in this year's prestigous European fests persists: The presence of American teen hearthrobs. After both showing up in Cannes (alongside Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, no less), both Zac Efron and Shia LaBeouf will also have films screening in Venice, with "At Any Price" and "The Company You Keep," respectively ("The Paperboy" and "Lawless" were both in Cannes). Add that to Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens (Efron's ex-girlfriend, no less), who both star in Korine's "Spring Breakers," and Venice will be a regular Tiger Beat on the Lido.
The 69th Venice Film Festival will run August 29 to September 8. Check out the complete lineup on the next page.