Venice Film Festival lineup: Polanski, Friedkin, Cronenberg
The 68th Venice Film Festival, which is to take place Aug. 31 through Sept. 10, unveiled its lineup Thursday morning. Besides the previously announced opening-night film, "The Ides of March," the political thriller starring and directed by George Clooney, Venice will be screening such high-profile productions as Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"; David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method"; William Friedkin's "Killer Joe"; Steve McQueen's "Shame"; Roman Polanski's "Carnage"; and Todd Solondz's "Dark Horse."
Several of these films will also be screening at the Toronto Film Festival, which is to take place Sept. 8-19.
Venice is the first major fall film festival and is one of the first stops for filmmakers hoping the exposure will lead to Oscar gold in February.
Last year's opening-night film, "Black Swan," directed by Darren Aronofsky, went on to earn numerous Academy Award nominations, including best film and best director. Star Natalie Portman took home the Oscar for lead actress. Aronofsky is to head up the Venice jury this year. The full program can be viewed at the festival's website.
-- Susan King
Photo: David Cronenberg. Credit: Damian Dovarganes /Associated Press