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IDES OF MARCH opening The Venice Film Festival

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 20th, 2011

george clooney's the ides of march to hit this october

Sure, the Cannes Film Festival may be the world’s most prestigious film festival, but with the cavalcade of Oscar contenders making their premieres at the year-end festivals, the Venice Film Festival is making that statement a bit harder to verify. And this year won’t be any different.

Deadline has revealed that George Clooney’s latest directorial outing, THE IDES OF MARCH, will be opening the festival on August 31.

The film stars Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood, and is based on the play from Beau Willimon, entitled Farragut North. The film follows a Democratic presidential nominee and the scandals that surround him and the political scene he finds himself in.

With films like A DANGEROUS METHOD (Cronenberg), CARNAGE (Polanski), and DARK HORSE (Solodnz) (not to mention films we've already seen like THE SKIN I LIVE IN and MELANCHOLIA) set to tear up this year’s fall festival circuit, Venice will likely be one of the biggest players in this year’s Oscar season. 

This is one of the more interesting films from this year, as I’m not quite sure what to expect from this film. I know what I’m getting with many of the other big name fall features, but this one may very well be the most intriguing. Here’s to hoping it can live up to the hype.

What do you think?

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