ONLY THE BEGINNING: VENICE 2010




FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DARREN ARONOFSKY’S BLACK SWAN and SOFIA COPPOLA’S comic drama SOMEWHERE will make their world premieres at the 2010 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL.

Mr. Aronofsky returns to Venice with a psychological thriller two years after winning the top prize for his drama THE WRESTLER.

BLACK SWAN stars MILA KUNIS, NATALIE PORTMAN and WINONA RYDER.

Ms. Coppola will showcase her film featuring Stephen Dorff as a bad boy actor struggling through life.

German director TOM TYKWER will also premiere his movie DREI.

Lido regular and part time Italy resident GEORGE CLOONEY isn’t expected again this year. Mr. Aronofsky’s movie got tagged for the opening slot and the U.S. release of GEORGE’S new film THE AMERICAN was all ready scheduled for SEPTEMBER 1 — the opening day of the fest.

In the end, the picture, a thriller shot largely in the quake stricken region of Abruzzo, is absent from the festival lineup.

“We put together an opening night of which we are very proud,” fest director MARCO MUELLER said.

In all, 79 world premieres will be shown in Venice from SEPTEMBER 1 – 11.

Director QUENTIN TARANTINO is heading the jury that will award the festival’s top prize on SEPTEMBER 11. Director JOHN WOO will receive a GOLDEN LION for his career.

Here is a list of the films (and their directors) in competition for THE GOLDEN LION…

BLACK SWAN – DARREN ARONOFSKY

LA PECORA NERA (BLACK SHEEP) – ASCANIO CELESTINI

SOMEWHERE – SOFIA COPPOLA

HAPPY FEW – ANTONY CORDIER

LA SOLITUDINE DEI NUMERI PRIMI (THE SOLITUDE OF PRIME NUMBERS) – SAVERIO COSTANZO

OVSYANKI (SILENT SOULS) – ALEKSEI FEDORCHENKO

PROMISES WRITTEN IN WATER – VINCENT GALLO

ROAD TO NOWHERE – MONTE HELLMAN

BALADA TRISTE DE TROMPETA (A SAD TRUMPET BALLAD) – ALEX DE LA IGLESIA

VENUS NOIRE (BLACK VENUS) – ABDELLATIF KECHICHE

POST MORTEM – PABLO LARRAIN

BARNEY’S VERSION – RICHARD J. LEWIS

NOI CREDEVAMO (WE BELIEVED) – MARIO MARTONE

LA PASSIONE (THE PASSION) – CARLO MAZZACURATI

JUSAN NIN NO SHIKAKU (13 ASSASINS) -TAKASHI MIIKE

POTICHE – FRANCOIS OZON

MEEK’S CUTOFF – KELLY REICHARDT

MIRAL – JULIAN SCHNABEL

NORUWEI NO MON (NORWEGIAN WOOD) – ANH HUNG TRAN

ATTENBERG – ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI

DI RENJIE ZHI TONGTIAN DIGUO (DETECTIVE DEE & THE MYSTERY OF PHANTOM FLAME) -TSUI HARK

DREI (THREE) – TOM TYKWER

And one surprise…

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