While Anderson, Malick, Korine and Assayas all enter Venice as first-timers in the Competition, it will be Kitano’s seventh time vying for the Golden Lion (he won in 1997 for "Hana-B"i), Ki-duk’s fourth, Mendoza’s second and DePalma’s third, following "The Black Dahlia" in 2006 and "Redacted" – which won the Silver Lion – in 2007. Although the Lido’s 69th edition will be a slimmed-down affair under new artistic director Alberto Barbera, who returns to the top job after heading up the festival from 1998-2002, this year’s festival will still play host to 50 world premieres. Venice runs from August 29-September 8,

69TH ANNUAL VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP:


OPENING FILM (OUT-OF-COMPETITION)
"The Reluctant Fundamentalist," Mira Nair (U.S.,Qatar)
COMPETITION
"To The Wonder," Terrence Malick (U.S.)
"Something in the Air," Olivier Assayas (France)
"Outrage:Beyond," Takeshi Kitano (Japan)
"Fill The Void," Rama Burshtein (Israel)
"Pieta," Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
"Dormant Beauty," Marco Bellocchio (Italy)
"E' stato il figlio," Daniele Cipri (Italy)
"At Any Price," Ramin Bahrani (US, UK)
"La Cinquieme Saison," Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (Belgium, Netherlands, France)
"Un Giorno Speciale, " Francesca Comencini (Italy)
"Passion," Brian De Palma (France, Germany)
"Superstar, " Xavier Giannoli (France, Belgium)
"Spring Breakers," Harmony Korine (US)
"Thy Womb," Brillante Mendoza (Philippines)
"Linhas de Wellington," Valeria Sarmiento (Portugal, France)
"Paradise: Faith," Ulrich Seidl (Austria, France, Germany)
"Betrayal," Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)