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Designer/director Tom Ford's first film to premiere at Venice Film Festival

July 31, 2009 | 12:01 pm

Designer Tom Ford's directorial debut "A Single Man" will have its world premiere at the 66th annual Venice Film Festival, it was announced this week.

The movie, set in 1962 Los Angeles, is about a college professor who struggles to find meaning in his life after the death of his partner. It stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode and Nicholas Hoult.

Ford, whose eponymous menswear line has found favor with the Hollywood set both onscreen (dressing James Bond in "Quantum of Solace") and off  (Brad Pitt and Daniel Craig were among those wearing his wares to the 81st Academy Awards earlier this year), not only directed the screen adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's novel of the same name, he co-wrote the screenplay (with David Scearce) and it was produced  through Ford's Los Angeles-based production company Fade to Back.

He didn't, however, serve as the film's costume designer, instead tapping the Oscar-nominated Arianne Phillips (who received a nod for "Walk the Line") for that role.

The movie is scheduled to be screened Sept. 11, 2009, closing out the Italian festival's main competition.

-- Adam Tschorn

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Photo: In a  February 2008 file photo, Tom Ford (second from left) with (L-R) Rita Wilson, Maria Shriver and Richard Buckley attend the opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times.