New movies from Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky, Vincent Gallo and Julian Schnabel will be slugging it out on the Lido. This year’s Venice Film Festival will take place September 1-11. Twenty two films will be competing for the Golden Lion. Among the name European and Asian directors are Germany’s Tom Tykwer and Japanese directors Takashi Miike and Anh Hung Tran. Terrance Malick’s The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, was expected to be In Competition too. Venice says that one more title will be added to the line-up on September 6.

Movies screening Out of Competition include Robert Rodriquez’s Machete, Ben Affleck’s The Town and his brother Casey Affleck’s Joaquin Phoenix documentary I’m Still Here.

The Competition
13 Assassins, Takashi Miike, Japan
Attenberg, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece
Barney’s Version, Richard J. Lewis, Canada/Italy
Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky, USA
Black Venus, Abdellatif Kechiche, France
Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame, Tsui Hark, China
Happy Few, Antony Cordier, France
Meek’s Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt, USA
Miral, Julian Schnabel, USA/France/Italy/Israel
Noi Credevamo, Mario Martone, Italy
Norwegian Wood, Anh Hung Tran, Japan
La Passione, Carlo Mazzacurati, Italy
La Pecora Nera, Ascanio Celestini, Italy
Post Mortem, Pablo Lerrain, Chile
Potiche, Francois Ozon, France
Promises Written in Water, Vincent Gallo, USA
Road to Nowhere, Monte Hellman, USA
A Sad Trumpet Ballad, Álex de la Iglesia, Spain
Silent Souls, Aleksei Fedorchenko, Russia
The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Saverio Costanzo, Italy
Somewhere, Sofia Coppola, USA
Three, Tom Tykwer, Germany

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