Summer's not yet over and Hollywood's annual awards race has already started — though you may have to hop a plane and travel several thousand miles to notice.
Among the Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated movies that have played at Venice in recent years are "Brokeback Mountain," "The Wrestler,"
A select few movies will hit all three festivals over the next two weeks, most notably Alfonso Cuarón's 3-D thriller "Gravity," which stars
"Gravity," co-written by Cuarón and his son, Jonas, is the opening-night film at Venice, world premiering there before rolling out to Telluride and Toronto. It's Cuarón's first film since 2006's
Errol Morris' documentary "The Unknown Known," a look at former Secretary of Defense and
Like Cuarón, director
The independently financed production, which started filming in late 2011, is looking for a U.S. distributor. Its Venice screening will happen early next week, but Telluride audiences will actually be the first to see it, as it unspools in Colorado on Thursday night. The film will also show in Toronto.
The other prominent Venice titles include "At Berkeley," a documentary from Frederick Wiseman about the University of California campus; "The
The Venice jury is headed by Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci. Among the awards up for grabs are the Golden Lion for best film, Silver Lion for best director, best actress and best actor kudos and a new Grand Jury Prize. The Venice fest will present its Golden Lion for lifetime achievement to William Friedkin, director of "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist."