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Venice Line-up Heavy on Americans: Coppola, Schnabel, brothers Affleck

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 29, 2010 at 3:55AM

Venice has announced the rest of its line-up. Besides Darren Aronofsky's opener Black Swan (in competition) and the closer from Julie Taymor, The Tempest (out of competition), the fest is world premiering a number of North American titles. As expected the competition entries include Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, Julian Schnabel's Miral, and Richard Lewis's Barney's Version, a rare debut for a Canadian film in Venice.
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Venice has announced the rest of its line-up. Besides Darren Aronofsky's opener Black Swan (in competition) and the closer from Julie Taymor, The Tempest (out of competition), the fest is world premiering a number of North American titles. As expected the competition entries include Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, Julian Schnabel's Miral, and Richard Lewis's Barney's Version, a rare debut for a Canadian film in Venice.

Stars who will likely turn up for this fest, which runs September 1 through 11, include Natalie Portman, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Helen Mirren, Stephen Dorff, Joaquin Phoenix, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Vincent Cassel, Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, Judith Godrèche, Willem Dafoe, Freida Pinto, Vanessa Redgrave, Djimon Honsou, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, among others.

Full list below.

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Other American competition entries are Promises Written in Water, a follow-up to Brown Bunny from Vincent Gallo, Road to Nowhere from Monte Hellman, and Meek's Cutoff, from Kelly Reichardt. Out-of-competition showings are Ben Affleck's The Town and his brother Casey's mock-doc
I'm Still Here: the Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix, A Letter to Elia, a doc about Elia Kazan from Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones, and Passione, an Italian film about the music of Naples from American actor-writer-director John Turturro.

The fest jury is led by Quentin Tarantino, who is presumably quite happy that there's a midnight screening of his buddy Robert Rodriguez's actioner Machete, as well as a well-deserved lifetime achievement Golden Lion going to Hong Kong helmer John Woo.

67TH ANNUAL VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP

COMPETITION


Opening Film
"Black Swan," Darren Aronofsky (U.S.)


"La Pecora Nera," Ascanio Celestini (Italy)

"Somewhere," Sofia Coppola (U.S.)

"Happy Few," Antony Cordier (France)

"The Solitude of Prime Numbers," Saverio Costanzo (Italy, Germany, France)

"Silent Souls," Aleksei Fedorchenko (Russia)

"Promises Written in Water," Vincent Gallo (U.S.)

"Road to Nowhere," Monte Hellman (U.S.)

"Balada Triste de Trompeta," Alex de la Iglesia (Spain, France)
"Venus Noir," Abdellatif Kechiche (France)

"Post Mortem," Pablo Larrain (Chile, Mexico, Germany)

"Barney's Version," Richard J. Lewis (Canada, Italy)

"We Believed," Mario Martone (Italy, France)
"La Passione," Carlo Mazzacurati (Italy)

"13 Assassins," Takashi Miike (Japan)

"Potiche," Francois Ozon (France)

"Meek's Cutoff," Kelly Reichardt (U.S.)

"Miral," Julian Schnabel (U.S., France, Italy, Israel)

"Norwegian Wood," Tran Anh Hung (Japan)

"Attenberg," Athina Rachel Tsangari (Greece)

"Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame," Tsui Hark (China)

"Three," Tom Tykwer (Germany)



OUT OF COMPETITION

Opening Night Tribute to Bruce Lee
"The Return of Chen Zhen," Andrew Lau (China, Hong Kong)


Opening Night Midnight Movie
"Machete," Robert Rodriguez (U.S.)


Closer 
"The Tempest," Julie Taymor (U.S.)


Homage to Vittorio Gassman
"Vittorio racconta -- Una vita da Mattatore," Giancarlo Scarchilli (Italy) 


"The Town," Ben Affleck (U.S.)
"I'm Still Here: the Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix," Casey Affleck (U.S.)

"Sorelle Mai," Marco Bellocchio (Italy)

"Niente Paura -- Come siamo come eravamo e le canzoni di Luciano Ligabue," Piergiorgio Gay (Italy)

"Dante Ferretti -- Production Designer," Gianfranco Giagni (Italy)

"Notizie degli Scavi," Emidio Greco (Italy)

"The Last Movie" (1971), Dennis Hopper
"Gorbaciof," Stefano Incerti (Italy)

"That Girl in Yellow Boots," Anurag Kashyap (India)

"Showtime," Stanley Kwan (China)

"Sei Venezia," Carlo Mazzacurati (Italy)

"Zebraman" (2004), Takashi Miike (Japan)

"Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City," Takashi Miike (Japan)

"The Child's Eye 3D," Oxide Pang and Danny Pang (China, Hong Kong)

"Vallanzasca – Gli angeli del male," Michele Placido (Italy)

"All Inclusive 3D," Nadia Ranocchi and David Zamagni (Italy, Austria)

"Raavan" (Tamil version), Mani Ratnam (India)

"1960," Gabriele Salvatores (Italy)

"La prima volta a Venezia," Antonello Sarno (Italy)

"A Letter to Elia," Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones (U.S.)

"Shock Labyrinth 3D," Takashi Shimizu (Japan)

"L'ultimo Gattopardo: Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo," Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy)
"Passione," John Turturro (Italy)
"Lope," Andrucha Waddington (Spain, Brazil)

"Space Guy," Zhang Yuan (China)



Golden Lion For Lifetime Achievement 2010

John Woo
"Reign of Assassins," John Woo and Su Chao-Pin (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong)



SPECIAL EVENT OUT OF COMPETITION

Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award -- Mani Ratnam
"Raavan" (Hindi Version) (India)



Here's the Horizon sidebar line-up, which includes Catherine Breillat's Sleeping Beauty (pictured) and Hong Sang-soo's Oki's Movie.


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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.