Kristen Stewart, Idris Elba in Venice Film Festival Lineup

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Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton movies lined up for Venice Film Festival.

This year’s Venice Film Festival will include Kristen Stewart in a sci-fi romance, Idris Elba at war and a thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, as well as potentially awards-worthy performances from Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jake Gyllenhaal. British actress Stacy Martin and Italy’s Alba Rohrwacher also appear in two movies set to screen as part of the 72nd edition of the world’s oldest major film festival.

Organisers have announced a line-up that includes African-set war story Beasts Of No Nation starring Idris and thriller A Bigger Splash starring Tilda, Dakota Johnson and Ralph Fiennes. Organizers announced a 21-strong competition lineup Wednesday for the festival, which takes over the Italian maritime city’s Lido island for 11 days in September. The international-minded event opens on Sept. 2 with Baltasar Kormakur’s “Everest,” which will screen out of competition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke as the leaders of two doomed 1996 Everest expeditions. Competition for the Golden Lion also includes Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s animated feature Anomalisa, musician Laurie Anderson’s Heart Of A Dog and The Danish Girl from The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper.

It was previously announced that Baltasar Kormakur’s adventure epic Everest will open the Venice festival, screening out-of-competition at the annual event. Also among the contenders: “Rabin, The Last Day,” Amos Gitai’s depiction of the 1995 assassination of Israeli leader Yitzakh Rabin; South African director Oliver Hermanus’ crime drama “The Endless River”; Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski’s “11 Minutes,” which follows several characters over the titular timeframe; and Argentine director Pablo Trapero’s family crime drama “The Clan.” There are also new films from Canada’s Atom Egoyan (“Remember,” a Nazi-hunting thriller starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau), Russia’s Aleksandr Sokurov (the Paris-set “Francofonia”) and Italy’s Marco Bellocchio (vampire-themed “Blood of My Blood”).

In Black Mass, Johnson plays Lindsey Cyr, a waitress and former fashion model who became the girlfriend and common law-wife of the notorious Boston gangster, played in the film by Johnny Depp. Out-of-competition entries — which are not in the running for festival prizes but could be Academy Awards contenders — include Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass,” starring Depp as Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, and Thomas McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” which features Michael Keaton as the editor of a Boston Globe team investigating clerical sex abuse. Also vying for the prize is “Francofonia,” in which Aleksandr Sokurov explores the Louvre Museum during the German occupation of Paris. (His award-winning “Russian Ark” in 2002 was filmed at the State Hermitage Museum in St.

Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog” was commissioned by Arte, the French-German television channel, while Charlie Kaufman (“Being John Malkovich”), for his first animated film, “Anomalisa,” joined with Duke Johnson to raise financing on Kickstarter. Other members are the Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, who won as best director for “The Assassin” at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival; the French writer Emmanuel Carrère; the Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, whose “Winter Sleep” won the 2014 Palme d’Or at Cannes; the Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, whose “Ida” won the 2014 Oscar for best foreign language film; the American actress and director Elizabeth Banks (“Pitch Perfect”); the German actress Diane Kruger and the British director and screenwriter Lynne Ramsay.

Rohrwacher, who impressed in last year’s Cannes Grand Jury prize winner The Wonders (directed by her sister Alice Rohrwacher), also headlines Marco Bellocchio’s historic drama Sangue del mio sangue, which will premiere in Venice in competition.

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