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Finally 'The Master' Joins Malick's 'To The Wonder,' De Palma's 'Passion' for Venice Competition

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Matt Mueller | Thompson on Hollywood July 30, 2012 at 1:22PM

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" along with Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder” will suck up the oxygen during the La Biennale.

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,


"The Reluctant Fundamentalist," Mira Nair (U.S.,Qatar)
"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)

This article is related to: Festivals, Festivals, Venice Film Festival, Terrence Malick, The Master, To The Wonder, Passion

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.