Ushering in the fall festival season, Venice kicks off on Wednesday with a lineup that’s heavy on French titles. Among them, David Oelhoffen’s Far From Men (Loin Des Hommes) will make its world premiere in Competition before heading to Toronto in a Special Presentation berth. Viggo Mortensen stars in the adaptation of a short story by Albert Camus. Set in 1954 Algeria, two very different men are thrown together by a world in turmoil and are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. Mortensen plays a reclusive teacher who must escort Mohamed (Reda Kateb), a villager accused of murder, as they are pursued by vengeful settlers and horsemen seeking summary justice. Mortensen, who’s recently done a fair bit of work in foreign films including this year’s Danish-language Cannes Un Certain Regard pic Jauja and 2012 Argentine crime drama Everybody Has A Plan, here shows off his talent for speaking French. Pathé is handling sales.