Stephen Frears

George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro on Venice Film Fest slate

This year's Venice Film Festival will include a crime comedy by George Clooney, a Guillermo del Toro fantasy and a Darren Aronofsky thriller.

Organizers of the world's oldest film festival announced a 21-film competition lineup Thursday that features the Clooney-directed "Suburbicon," the story of a home invasion gone wrong that stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, with a script by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Venice's late-summer time slot — starting a few days ahead of the Toronto festival — has helped make it a major awards-season springboard. In recent years it has presented the world premieres of multiple Oscar winners including "Spotlight" and "La La...

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