Venice Film Festival Update: ‘Parkland’ Added To Lineup; Stephen Frears’ ‘Philomena’, Terry Gilliam’s ‘Zero Theorem’ Also Among Competition Pics

UPDATE: Peter Landesman’s Parkland was announced as a competition entry after the initial slate was unveiled. Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Paul Giamatti, Tom Welling, Mark Duplass, James Badge Dale and Colin Hanks star in the film that recounts the events at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

PREVIOUS: The Venice Film Festival opens with the out-of-competition world premiere of Gravity on August 28, making for a glitzy start to the 70th edition. The roster of 19 competition films was unveiled this morning by artistic director Alberto Barbera who returned to the post last year after leaving the Lido in 2002. The lineup is a mix of U.S., European and Asian fare. Among the high-profile films are Stephen Frears’ Philomena, Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin, David Gordon Green’s Joe, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem and James Franco’s Child Of God. For the moment, the competition doesn’t have much overlap with Toronto. Films that will unspool in both fests include sci-fi road movie Under The Skin with Scarlett Johansson; The Weinstein Co.’s Philomena; Nicolas Cage-starrer Joe; John Curran’s Tracks with Mia Wasikowska and Girls‘ Adam Driver; and Kelly Reichart’s Night Moves – which many had expected would be in Cannes – starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard. Among other films in competition are the latest from Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan, Tom At The Farm – another one many expected in Cannes. There are also two documentaries, including Errol Morris’ Donald Rumsfeld examination, and an animated film from Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki in the main section. Notable in the non-competitive category are Kim Ki-duk’s Moebius – he won the Golden Lion last year with Pieta – and Warner Bros.’ Japan’s world premiere of the Unforgiven remake. Also, Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto is in the Horizons section. It’s still possible there will be further pics announced. Last year, Barbera added Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master about two weeks after the initial lineup was unveiled. Following are the in- and out-of-competition slates, plus the Horizons selections that were announced today: (more…)

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