ROME -- New works from global auteur heavyweights, including Terry Gilliam, Jonathan Glazer, Kelly Reichardt, Alfonso Cuaron, Kim Ki-duk, and Gianni Amelio, will world preem at the 70th Venice Film Festival, where there will be no shortage of star power and potential awards-season contenders.
Gilliam, a Lido aficionado, is bowing his "The Zero Theorem" (pictured), toplined by Christoph Waltz playing a reclusive computer genius, and also starring Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Melanie Thierry and David Thewlis, among others. Voltage is handling world sales.
Scarlett Johansson plays a voracious visiting extraterrestrial; while Reichardt's eco-terrorist thriller "Night Moves" stars Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard and Dakota Fanning as three environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam.
The opener, as previously announced, is Alfonso Cuaron's 3D sci-fier "Gravity," toplining George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, marking the first time the Lido kicks off with a 3D pic.
Warner Bros.is world-preeming the buzzed-about "Gravity" in Venice on Aug. 28 out-of-competish, with pic's North American preem in Toronto to follow.
Also at the Lido out-of-competish is previously announced Lindsay Lohan-starrer "The Canyons," helmed by Paul Schrader, who will head the jury of the cutting-edge Horizons section.
Canadian enfant-prodige helmer Xavier Dolan will bow his psychological thriler "Tom at the Farm," set deep in the farmlands of Quebec; Kim Ki-Duk, who won the Golden Lion last year for "Pieta" is back with "Moebius," which has been banned by the South Korean ratings board, reportedly due to scenes of self-castration and incest; Amelio, also a previous Golden Lion winner, is launching his first comedy, "L'intrepido," also in Toronto.
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL -- IN COMPETITION
"Es-Stouh" (The Rooftops), Merzak Allouache (Algeria-France)
"L'intrepido" Gianni Amelio (Italy)
"Miss Violence," Alexandros Avranas (Greece)
"Tracks," John Curran (U.K.-Australia)
"Via Castellana Bandiera," Emma Dante (Italy-Switzerland-France)
"Tom at the Farm," Xavier Dolan (Canada-France)
"Child of God," James Franco (U.S.)
"Philomena," Stephen Frears (U.K.)
"La Jalousie," Philippe Garrel (France)
"The Zero Theorem," Terry Gilliam (U.K.-U.S.)
"Ana Arabia," Amos Gitai (Israel-France)
Venice Film Festival Unveils Lineup
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