Harvey Weinstein is playing games. The marketing maestro didn't want Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" announced with the rest of the pack for The Venice Film Festival, which unveiled its competition line-up last week. Now "The Master" (which opens on September 14, a month earlier than originally planned ), along with Terrence Malick’s fervently-anticipated “To The Wonder,” will both suck up the publicity oxygen in the run-up to and during the La Biennale.
UPDATE: While Telluride's secret line-up will not be announced until Labor Day Weekend, word is "The Master" will also play Toronto and in all likehood, Fantastic Fest. This fall, Weinstein has plenty of high-profile projects to juggle as well, from David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" to December 25 opener "Django Unchained," written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Other titles that will be vying for La Biennale de Venezia’s Golden Lion include Olivier Assayas’ “Something In The Air,” Takeshi Kitano’s “Outrage: Beyond,” Kim Ki-duk’s “Pieta,” Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” and Brian De Palma’s “Passion,” which stars Rachel McAdams (also in the Malick film) and Noomi Rapace. Variety originally reported "The Master" as part of the line-up, then backpeddled; the trade also added an Israeli academic as co-director with rookie filmmaker Rama Burshtein (not Burzstyn) for "Fill the Void."
The rest of the Venice line-up is listed below.