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Venice Film Festival
06 Aug 1998 :

The Venice Film Festival kicks off next month with 'Saving Private Ryan' getting its European premiere as the festivals out of competition opener, while Warren Beatty's 'Bulworth' debuts in competition.

Screen International reports that Venice curator, Felica Laudadio, has claimed that the selection was harder than ever despite more films world-wide to choose from. He said that there was plenty to celebrate from Italy and selected 13 local films. Unlike last year's British Renaissance, these are spread across several sections, instead of a special sidebar. There are four US films competing in competition, 'Bulworth' directed by Warren Beatty, 'Rounders' directed by John Dahl, 'New Rose Hotel' by Abel Ferrara and 'Hurlyburly' by Tony Dazan. Ireland will be represented at the competition by the long awaited 'Dancing at Lughnasa' directed by Pat O'Connor and based on the play by Brian Friel. The Hollywood mainstream will be represented out of competition with midnight slots for 'The Truman Show', 'Out of Sight' and 'A Perfect Murder'.

Stars expected to make an appearance include Beatty, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Jim Carrey, Matt Damon, Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuella Beart, Emily Watson and Valeria Golia.

 

Competition Line Up

L'Albero Delle Pere, Francesco Archibugi, Italy

Bulworth, Warren Beatty, US

Rounders, John Dahl, US

Voleur De Vie, Yves Angelo, France

Conte d'Automne, Eric Rohmer, France

Jackie, Anand Tucker, UK

Sokout , Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran

I Piccoli Maestri, Daniele Luchetti, Italy

La Nuage, Fernando Solanas, Argentina

Trafico, Joan Botelho, Portugal

Polar, Julio Medem, Spain

Terminus Paradis, Lucian Pintille, Romania

New Rose Hotel, Abel Ferrara, US

Dancing at Lughnasa, Pat O'Connor, Ireland

Cosi Ridevano, Gianni Amelio, Italy

Hurlyburly, Tony Drazan, US

Black Cat, White Cat, Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia

Los Amantes Del Circulo Place Vendome, Nicole Garcia, France

Lola Rennt, Tom Rennt, Germany

 

Michael McMahon 6/8/98



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