THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINE UP

FROM THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

The latest films from JONATHAN DEMME, DARREN ARONOFSKY and KATHRYN BIGELOW have helped the U.S. claim the most competitive slots at the 65th VENICE FILM FESTIVAL, which boasts 19 world premieres.

JONATHAN DEMME will make the trip to Venice for the second consecutive year with RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, a comedy about a woman leaving rehab after 10 years to attend her sister’s wedding.

GUILLERMO ARRIAGA will make his first appearance in competition in Venice with the mother daughter drama THE BURNING PLAIN. It stars KIM BASINGER.

KATHRYN BIGELOW’S THE HURT LOCKER, DARREN ARONOFSKY’S THE WRESTLER and VEGAS: BASED ON A TRUE STORY (AMIR NADERI’S first film in three years) round out the U.S. selections.

The strong showing of U.S. productions came despite the threat of a SAG strike, which Venice artistic director MARCO MUELLER said hurt prospects for many US pictures.

PUPI AVATI’S historical drama GIOVANNA’S FATHER and A PERFECT DAY from FERZAN OZPETEK are among the highlights from Italy.

Out of competition selections include the COEN BROTHERS’ BURN AFTER READING.

The festival is set for August 27 – September 6.

Here is the lineup:

COMPETITION:

THE WRESTLER (ARONOFSKY) – U.S.

THE BURNING PLAIN (ARRIAGA) – U.S.

IL PAPA DI GIOVANNA (AVATI) – ITALY

BIRDWATCHERS (BECHIS) – ITALY

L’AUTRE (BERNARD/TRIVIDIC) – FRANCE

THE HURT LOCKER (BIGELOW) – U.S.

IL SEME DELLA DISCORDIA (CORSICATO) – ITALY

RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (DEMME) – U.S.

TEZA (GERIMA) – ETHIOPIA/GERMANY/FRANCE

PAPER SOLDIER (BUMAZNYI SOLDAT) (A. GERMAN) – RUSSIA

SUT (KAPLANOGLU) – TURKEY/FRANCE/GERMANY

ACHILLES & THE TORTOISE (AKIRES TO KAME) (KITANO) – JAPAN

PONYO ON THE CLIFF BY THE SEA (MIYAZAKI) – JAPAN

VEGAS: BASED ON A TRUE STORY (NADERI) – U.S.

THE SKY CRAWLERS ( MAMORU) – JAPAN

UN GIOMO PERFETTO (OZPETEK) – ITALY

JERICHOW (PETZOLD) – GERMANY

INJU LA BETE DANS L’OMBRE (B. SCHROEDER) – FRANCE

NUIT DE CHIEN (W. SCHROETER) – FRANCE/GERMANY/PORTUGAL

INLAND (GABBIA) (TEGUIA) – ALGERIA/FRANCE

PLASTIC CITY (DANGKOU) (LIK-WAI) – BRAZIL/CHINA/HONG KONG/JAPAN

OUT OF COMPETITION:

PUCCINI E LA FANCIULLA (BENVENUTI) – ITALY

YUPPI DU (CELANTANO) – ITALY

BURN AFTER READING (J. & E. COEN) – U.S. (OPENING FILM)

35 RHUMS (DENIS) – FRANCE/SPAIN

SHIRIN (KIAROSTAMI) – IRAN

TUTTO E MUSICA (1973) (MODUGNO) – ITALY

ORFEO 9 (1973) (SHIPA) – ITALY

LES PLAGES D’AGNES (VARDA) – FRANCE

VINYAN (WELZ) – FRANCE/U.K./BELGIUM

ENCARNACAO DO DEMONIO (MARINS) – BRAZIL

VOLARE (NEL BLUE DIPINTO DI BLU) (1959) (TELLINI) – ITALY

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