Five American projects will compete for the Golden Lion at the upcoming 63rd Venice Film Festival.
Several of the fall's highest-profile releases will have world premieres in Venice, including Darren Aronofsky's oft-delayed sci-fi romance "The Fountain," starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. That film, originally expected to premiere at Cannes in May, will go up against Alfonso Cuaron's "Children of Men," another sci-fi offering.
Emilio Estevez's star-studded (Sharon Stone, Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan, Laurence Fishburne) "Bobby" and Allen Coulter's "Hollywoodland" are also in the race, along with Brian DePalma's previously announced "The Black Dahlia," which will open the festival, which will run from Aug. 30 through Sept. 9 on the Venice Lido.
Fans of international cinema will also flock to competition films from the likes of Paul Verhoven ("Zwartboek"), Apichatpong Weerasethukul ("Syndromes and a Century"), Johnnie To ("Fangzhu"), Tsai Min-Liang ("The Wayward Cloud"), Alain Resnais ("Private Fears in Public Places"), Gianni Amelio ("The Missing Star") and Stephen Frears ("The Queen").
Several big name films will also play out of competition, lead by the world premiere of David Lynch's highly anticipated "Inland Empire," which has a listed running time of a whopping 168 minutes. Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center," Kenneth Branagh's "The Magic Flue," Ethan Hawke's "The Hottest State" and Neil LaBute's "The Wicker Man" will also play.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times