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Venice Film Festival 2011: From Soderbergh and Polanski to Clooney, Madonna, Friedkin

by Anne Thompson
July 28, 2011 5:37 AM
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No surprises this morning on the officially announced Venice Film Festival schedule. Joining previously announced opener and closer The Ides of March (directed by George Clooney) and Damsels in Distress (directed by Whit Stillman), respectively, is the expected list of films from Tomas Alfredson, Andrea Arnold, David Cronenberg, Roman Polanski, Steve McQueen, Todd Solondz, William Friedkin and Abel Ferrara. Now that we know the Venice and Toronto schedules, what's left to guess about is Telluride's always-secret Labor Day Weekend programme and the post-Toronto New York Film Festival slate: opener, mid-fest centerpiece, closer...

Steven Soderbergh's Contagion and Madonna's W.E. will both play out of competition, as will Mary Harron's The Moth Diaries. The latest films from Walter Salles, Wong Kar Wai, Brillante Mendoza and Fatih Akin were not ready to premiere in Venice. IndieWIRE has more details; the complete lineup is below:

In Competition

“The Ides of March,” George Clooney (U.S.) - Opening Night Film

“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” Tomas Alfredson (Italy)

“Wuthering Heights,” Andrea Arnold (U.K.)

“Texas Killing Fields,” Ami Canaan Mann (U.S., daughter of Michael Mann)

“A Dangerous Method,” David Cronenberg (Germany, Canada)

“4:44 Last Day on Earth,” Abel Ferrara (U.S.)
“Killer Joe,” William Friedkin (U.S.)

“The Exchange,” Eran Kolirin (Israel, Germany)

“Alps,” Yorgos Lamthimos (Greece)

“Shame,” Steve McQueen (U.K.)

“Carnage,” Roman Polanski (France, Germany, Spain, Poland)

“Chicken With Plums,” Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud (France, Belgium, Germany)

“A Burning Hot Summer,” Philippe Garrel (France)

“A Simple Life,” Ann Hui (China, HK)
“Faust,” Aleksander Sokurov (Russia)

“Dark Horse,” Todd Solondz (U.S.)

“Himizu,” Sion Sono (Japan)

“Seediq Bale,” Wei Desheng (Taiwan)

“Quando la Notte,” Cristina Comencini (Italy)

“Terraferma,” Emanuele Crialese (Italy)

“L’Ultimo Terrestre,” Gipi (Italy)

Out of Competition

“Damsels in Distress,” Whit Stillman (U.S.) - Closing Night Film of Festival

“Vivan las Antipodas!” Victor Kossakovsky (Germany, Arg, Neth, Chile, Russia) - Out of Competition Opening Night Film

“La folie Almayer,” Chantal Akerman (Belgium, France)

“The Moth Diaries,” Mary Harron (Canada, Ireland)

“W.E.,”Madonna (U.K.)
“Il villaggio di cartone,” Ermanno Olmi (Italy)

“Wilde Salome,” Al Pacino (U.S.)
“Contagion,” Steven Soderbergh (U.S.)

“The Sorcerer and the White Snake,” Tony Ching Siu-tung (China, HK)

“Giochi d’estate,” Rolando Colla (Switzerland, Italy)

“La Desintegration,” Philippe Faucon (Belgium)

“Alois Nebel,” Tomas Lunak (Czech Rep., Germany)

“Eva,” Kike Maillo (Spain, France)

“Scossa,” Francesco Maselli, Carlo Lizzani, Ugo Gregoretti, Nino Russo (Italy)

“La Cle des chanps,” Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou (France)

“Tormented,” Takashi Shimizu (Japan)

“Marco Bellocchio, Venezia 2011,” Pietro Marcello (Italy)

“La Meditazione di Hayez,” Mario Martone (Italy)
“Tahrir 2011,” Tamer Ezzat, Ahmad Abdalla, Ayten Amin, Amr Salama (Egypt)

“The End,” Collective Abounabbara (Syria)

“Vanguard,” Collective Abounabbara (Syria)

“Evolution (Megaplex 3D),” Marco Brambilla (U.S.)

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