CATEGORIES Drama, Foreign Language, Music & Musicals, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers, Mystery & Suspense, Newsstand, Other Festivals, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalThe Venice Film Festival may be in (rumored) financial trouble, and facing a possible challenge from an upstart fest in Rome but it nevertheless retains the power to draw the big names, both to its jury and its screens. Though its director insist the focus of this year's festival (which will run from August 30-September 9) will be on European films, the group of American projects expected to debut in Venice is pretty darn impressive. According to Variety, David Lynch's Inland Empire (once rumored to be bowing at Cannes) has been confirmed for the festival -- it'll be screening out of competition -- and Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia (YAY!), Woody Allen's Scoop (Have you seen the trailer? Yawn.), Home of the Brave, Children of Men, and World Trade Center are all assumed to be on the slate as well.
In addition to the American products, Kenneth Branagh's The Magic Flute has been confirmed, and The Golden Door (an Italian film about Ellis Island) and Petites peurs partagées, the latest from the legendary Alain Resnais, are also likely to screen. The festival will also feature a tribute to Roberto Rossellini, who would have turned 100 this year; the tribute will include screenings of newly restored prints of his films (Open City, without flecks of white all over it? Holy awesome.)