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Venice 2011: A Guide To The Film Festival

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire August 30, 2011 at 8:26AM

The Venice Film Festival kicks off Wednesday, August 31st with the world premiere of George Clooney's "The Ides of March," leading into eleven days that feature some of the most anticipated premieres of the year, from David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" and Roman Polanki's "Carnage" to Madonna's "W.E." and Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion."
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The Venice Film Festival kicks off Wednesday, August 31st with the world premiere of George Clooney's "The Ides of March," leading into eleven days that feature some of the most anticipated premieres of the year, from David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" and Roman Polanki's "Carnage" to Madonna's "W.E." and Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion."

It's one of the year's major international cinematic events and indieWIRE will be offering a variety of coverage over the course of the fest. We have also put together film pages for a number of titles at the festival and will be updating them as the festival progresses to include links to coverage, criticWIRE grades and any other information that might come along. A handy guide to the pages (which already include photos, plot synopses, and trailers), is below.

The Venice Film Festival runs through September 9th, closing down with the world premiere of Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress."

In Competition:

"4:44 Last Day on Earth" (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Abel Ferrara; Cast: Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Paz de la Huerta, Natasha Lyonne

"Alps" (Greece) [Film Page]
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos; Cast: Aggeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed

"Carnage" (France/Germany/Poland/Spain) [Film Page]
Director: Roman Polanski; Cast: Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly

"Chicken With Plums" (France/Belgium/Germany) [Film Page]
Director: Marjane Satrapi; Vincent Paronnaud; Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Maria De Medeiros, Golshifteh Farahani, Isabella Rossellini, Chiara Mastroianni

"A Dangerous Method" (France/Ireland/United Kingdom/Germany/Canada) [Film Page]
Director: David Cronenberg; Cast: Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley

"Dark Horse" (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Todd Solondz; Cast: Selma Blair, Justin Bartha, Christopher Walken, Donna Murphy, Mia Farrow

"The Exchange (Hahithalfut)" (Israel/Germany) [Film Page]
Director: Eran Kolirin; Cast: Dan Navon, Rotem Keinan, Sharon Tal

"Faust" (Russia) [Film Page]
Director: Aleksander Sokurov; Cast: Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinskiy, Isolda Dychauk, Hanna Schygulla

"Himizu" (Japan) [Film Page]
Director: Sion Sono; Cast: Shôta Sometani, Fumi Nikaidô, Tetsu Watanabe, Mitsuru Fukikoshi

"The Ides of March" (USA) [Film Page]
Director: George Clooney; Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella

"Killer Joe" (USA) [Film Page]
Director: William Friedkin; Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple

"Life Without Principle" (Hong Kong) [Film Page]
Director: Johnnie To; Cast: Lau Ching Wan, Richie Jen, Denise Ho

"Quando la notte" (Italy) [Film Page]
Director: Cristina Comencini; Cast: Claudia Pandolfi, Filippo Timi, Michela Cescon, Thomas Trabacchi

"Saideke Balai" (China/Taiwan) [Film Page]
Director: Te-Sheng Wei; Cast: Da-Ching, Umin Boya, Landy Wen, Lo Mei-ling

"Shame" (UK) [Film Page]
Director: Steve McQueen; Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie

"A Simple Life" (Hong Kong/China) [Film Page]
Director: Ann Hui; Cast: Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Wang Fuli, Qin Hailu

"Terraferma" (Italy) [Film Page]
Director: Emanuele Crialese; Cast: Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocchiaro, Mimmo Cuticcho, Giuseppe Fiorello, Timnit T.

"Texas Killing Fields" (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Ami Canaan Mann; Cast: Chloe Moretz, Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain, Annabeth Gish

"That Summer (Un été brûlant)" (France/Italy/Switzerland) [Film Page]
Director: Philippe Garrel; Cast: Monica Bellucci, Louis Garrel, Céline Sallette, Jérôme Ro

"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (UK/France) [Film Page]
Director: Tomas Alfredson; Cast: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Stephen Graham, Ciaran Hinds

"L'Ultimo Terrestre" (Italy) [Film Page]
Director: Gipi; Cast: Gabriele Spinelli, Anna Bellato, Roberto Herlitzka, Teco Celio

"Wuthering Heights" (UK) [Film Page]
Director: Andrea Arnold; Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Oliver Milburn, Nicola Burley, James Howson, Paul Hilton

Out of Competition: (selected titles)

"Alois nebel" (Czech Republic/Germany/Slovakia) [Film Page]
Director: Tomás Lunák; Cast: Miroslav Krobot, Marie Ludvíková, Karel Roden, Leoš Noha, Alois Švehlík, Voríšková

"Contagion" (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Steven Soderbergh; Cast: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Bryan Cranston, Lawrence Fishburne

"Crazy Horse" (France/USA) [Film Page]
Director: Frederick Wiseman

"Damsels in Distress" (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Whit Stillman; Cast: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Analeigh Tipton

"Summer Games" (Italy/Switzerland) [Film Page]
Director: Rolando Colla; Cast: Armando Condolucci, Fiorella Campanella, Alessia Barela, Antonio Merone, Marco D'Orazi

"The Moth Diaries" (Ireland/Canada) [Film Page]
Director: Mary Harron; Cast: Scott Speedman, Sarah Bolger, Lily Cole, Sarah Gadon, Valerie Tian

"W.E." (UK) [Film Page]
Director: Madonna; Cast: Abbie Cornish, Natalie Dormer, Oscar Isaac, James D'Arcy, Annabelle Wallis, Richard Coyle

"Wilde Salome" (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Al Pacino; Cast: Al Pacino, Jessica Chastain, Kevin Anderson, Estelle Parsons, Roxanne Hart

This article is related to: Venice Film Festival, The Ides of March