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Venice Film Festival line-up includes new films from Soderbergh, Polanski, and Madonna

The Venice Film Festival has just announced its official line-up, and it looks to be an embarrassment of cinematic riches. As noted by Variety, the festival’s competitive slate includes new films from David Cronenberg (the Freud-Jung thriller A Dangerous Method), Marjane Satrapi (Chicken with Plums), Abel Ferrara (4:44 Last Day on Earth), Roman Polanski (Carnage, adapted from the play God of Carnage), and George Clooney (The Ides of March), not to mention Alps, the new film from Yorgos Lanthimos, who made the creepily hilarious Dogtooth. Possibly even more fun are the films opening out of competition, including Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Mary Harron’s Moth Diaries, and a new movie from Madonna that surely has to be better than Filth and Wisdom. Even more exciting for film fans: The festival will close with Damsels in Distress, the first film in over a decade from writer-director Whit Stillman. Check out the complete film schedule below:

In Competition:
The Ides of March, George Clooney (U.S.)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Tomas Alfredson (Italy)
Wuthering Heights, Andrea Arnold (U.K.)
Texas Killing Fields, Ami Canaan Mann (U.S.)
A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg (Germany, Canada)
4:44 Last Day on Earth, Abel Ferrara (U.S.)
Killer Joe, William Friedkin (U.S.)
The Exchange, Eran Kolirin (Israel, Germany)
Alps, Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece)
Shame, Steve McQueen (U.K.)
Carnage, Roman Polanski (France, Germany, Spain, Poland)
Chicken With Plums, Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud (France, Belgium, Germany)
A Burning Hot Summer, Philippe Garrel (France)
A Simple Life, Ann Hui (China, HK)
Faust, Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia)
Dark Horse, Todd Solondz (U.S.)
Himizu, Sion Sono (Japan)
Seediq Bale, Wei Desheng (Taiwan)
Quando la Notte, Cristina Comencini (Italy)
Terraferma, Emanuele Crialese (Italy)
L’Ultimo Terrestre, Gipi (Italy)

Out of Competition:
Vivan las Antipodas!, Victor Kossakovsky (Germany, Arg, Neth, Chile, Russia)
La folie Almayer, Chantal Akerman (Belgium, France)
The Moth Diaries, Mary Harron (Canada, Ireland)
W.E., Madonna (U.K.)
Il villaggio di cartone, Ermanno Olmi (Italy)
Wilde Salome, Al Pacino (U.S.)
Contagion, Steven Soderbergh (U.S.)
The Sorcerer and the White Snake, Tony Ching Siu-tung (China, HK)
Giochi d’estate, Rolando Colla (Switzerland, Italy)
La Desintegration, Philippe Faucon (Belgium)
Alois Nebel, Tomas Lunak (Czech Rep., Germany)
Eva, Kike Maillo (Spain, France)
Scossa, Francesco Maselli, Carlo Lizzani, Ugo Gregoretti, Nino Russo (Italy)
La Cle des champs, Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou (France)
Tormented, Takashi Shimizu (Japan)
Marco Bellocchio, Venezia 2011, Pietro Marcello (Italy)
La Meditazione di Hayez, Mario Martone (Italy)
Tahrir 2011, Tamer Ezzat, Ahmad Abdalla, Ayten Amin, Amr Salama (Egypt)
The End, Collective Abounabbara (Syria)
Vanguard, Collective Abounabbara (Syria)
Evolution (Megaplex 3D), Marco Brambilla (U.S.)

Closing Film:
Damsels in Distress, Whit Stillman (U.S.)

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