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Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' to Open the 70th Venice International Film Festival

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 3, 2013 at 12:19PM

As we predicted, Alfonso Cuaron's much anticipated sci-fi epic "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, will open the 70th Venice International Film Festival, running August 28 - September 7. The film will be out of competition.
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Sandra Bullock in 'Gravity'
Sandra Bullock in 'Gravity'

As we predicted, Alfonso Cuaron's much anticipated sci-fi epic "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, will open the 70th Venice International Film Festival, running August 28 - September 7. The film will be out of competition.

Its world premiere on August 28 will be in 3-D, following the fest's opening ceremony.

Cuaron previously won the Golden Osella for Best Screenplay at Venice for 2001's "Y Tu Mama Tambien," which he co-wrote with his brother Carlos; his 2006 work "Children of Men" nabbed the Golden Osella for Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki). Lubezki again is the director of photography on "Gravity," while Cuaron and son Jonas penned the script.

Here's the official synopsis for the Warner Bros. film (the trailer is here): 

Gravity is a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space.  In the film, Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth… and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.  But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

This article is related to: Festivals, Venice Film Festival, Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney


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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.