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Finally, Venice Makes ‘The Master’ Official

Finally, Venice Makes 'The Master' Official

Harvey Weinstein likes to milk his PR. We all know that Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” which made its LA debut at an unannounced 70 mm screening at the Aero Theatre last Saturday (TOH review here), was set to show at the 69th Venice Biennale. Sure enough, the official release finally arrived, announcing four new titles including “The Master,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, which will be shown in 70 mm. Chances are also good the film will turn up in Toronto.

The 18th film in the Competition and Anderson’s first Venice entry will be shown in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema) on September 1st at 7.00 p.m. Anderson is up against fellow Venice competition rookies Olivier Assayas, Ramin Baharani, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, Rama Burshtein, Daniele Ciprì, Xavier Giannoli, Harmony Korine, Terrence Malick, Valeria Sarmiento, and Kirill Serebrennikov, as well as veterans Marco Bellocchio, Brian De Palma, Kim Ki-Duk, Takeshi Kitano, Brillante Mendoza, Ulrich Seidl and Francesca Comencini.

The other new titles are: Ermanno Olmi’s “Come voglio che sia il mio futuro?,” (Out of Competition – Special Screenings), tribute “Convitto Falcone” by Pasquale Scimeca (Special Event), and midnight horror film “Du hast es versprochen” (“Forgotten”) by rookie director Alex Schmidt (Out of Competition).

 developed “Come voglio che sia il mio futuro?” over five years with the students of the workshop “Ipotesi Cinema Formazione” in Bologna. They conducted hundreds of interviews throughout Italy on the hopes and fears of young people, which were selected and edited by Maurizio Zaccaro.

The Venice screening schedule will be online Wednesday August 8th.

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