The 68th Venice Film Festival doesn't kick off until Aug. 31, but word of what will play at the fest is starting to surface and the lineup features some of the most anticipated films of the fall.
Director Roman Polanski's 'Carnage,' an adaptation of the Tony-winning play 'God of Carnage,' about two sets of parents whose discussion of their children's fight devolves into heated, irrational chaos, stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly, and will make its debut in competition at the fest.
David Cronenberg's Carl Jung / Sigmund Freud biopic 'A Dangerous Method,' featuring Viggo Mortensen as Freud and Michael Fassbender as Jung, as well as Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse,' with 'The Hangover''s Justin Bartha, Christopher Walken and Selma Blair, will also compete. 'W.E.,' co-writer and director Madonna's much-discussed film about the love affair between Britain's King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson, has also been submitted.
A number of major directors have more than one pic vying for entry to the fest. Read on for more.
The Venice Film Festival has emerged as a great launching pad for films looking to drum up positive buzz and word-of-mouth box office on the road to awards season, and two very big directors (and one major movie star-turned-director) are facing a difficult question: With multiple films completed, which films should they take to Venice?
Steven Soderbergh and Steven Spielberg each have to films in the can. Soderbergh has not one but two all-star thriller set for release later this year – 'Haywire,' featuring Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas, and 'Contagion,' with Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet and Jude Law.
Spielberg has his hands full with 'War Horse,' a World War I drama, and the mega-budget 3D motion-capture animation epic 'The Adventures of Tintin.'
Meanwhile, Hollywood megastar George Clooney has two prospective projects eying Venice: his Alexander Payne-directed star vehicle 'The Descendants' and his fourth film as a director, the Ryan Gosling-starrer 'Ides of March,' in which Clooney also appears with Oscar winners Marisa Tomei and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
For obvious reason, multiple films from one director pose a problem should they appear in competition at the festival. The studios in charge of Soderbergh and Spielberg's respective projects are said to be considering their options to avoid conflict.