Venice Film Festival marks 72nd edition with star lineup

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts to open Toronto festival with Demolition.

PARIS — Amos Gitai’s “Rabin, The Last Day,” a drama about the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel; a new film by Luca Guadagnino; a thriller by Atom Egoyan, and the directorial debut of the musician Laurie Anderson are among the 21 films in competition in the 72nd annual Venice Film Festival, the festival announced on Wednesday. The star of Looking For Grace, Odessa Young, also stars in Simon Stone’s drama, The Daughter, which. will screen at the coming Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.The blockbuster summer movie season is still going strong, but the Toronto International Film Festival provided a peek Tuesday at some of the movies and performances that could help set the tone for the upcoming awards season.

The drama about grief, from Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee, will receive a gala premiere at Roy Thomson Hall on September 10 at the start of the star-studded festival. One of the fall’s most hyped films, Ridley Scott’s space epic ”The Martian,” starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, will have its world premiere at the festival in advance of its Oct. 2 release. Directed by Meghna Gulzar, the movie has been selected by the members of the festival and will be presented as the part of the “Special Presentations” programme, said a statement. It was previously announced that Baltasar Kormakur’s adventure epic Everest will open the Venice festival, screening out-of-competition at the annual event.

It is only the second Australian film to be selected for the official competition at Venice in the past decade — the other being John Curran’s Tracks in 2013 — and is one of only four to be selected in competition for the prestigious Golden Lion in the past two decades. Other premieres in the biopic heavy schedule include ”The Program,” Stephen Frears’ film on Lance Armstrong starring Ben Foster as the disgraced athlete; Jay Roach’s ”Trumbo,” with Bryan Cranston as the blacklisted screenwriter; and Peter Sollett’s fact-based, marriage rights drama ”Freeheld,” with last year’s best actress winner Julianne Moore and Ellen Page. ”Demolition,” from ”Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallu00e9e, is not set for release until April and will not be among award contenders later this year. With Gulzar’s lyrics, Vishal Bhardwaj’s music and cinematography by Pankaj Kumar, famous for his work in Haider and Ship Of Theseus, the thriller is a fictional dramatisation of real-life events revolving around the 2008 murder case investigation. “I am ecstatic! Brooks, who directed Road To Nhill and Japanese Story, wrote and directed the film about a runaway teen (played by Young) followed to Western Australia’s wheat belt by her parents (Roxburgh and Radha Mitchell).

Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal film Spotlight starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci, is also in the line-up for the festival, along with The Danish Girl, which stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as transgender artist Lili Elbe. Also showing out of competition are Martin Scorsese’s short film “The Audition,” starring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, and Thomas McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” starring Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo as Boston Globe reporters on its 2003 investigative team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the sex abuse scandal facing the Roman Catholic Church. Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston will likely walk the red carpet at the premiere of Trumbo, about the blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, while Nicolas Hytner will bring The Lady In The Van starring Downton Abbey dowager Dame Maggie Smith to Canada for the 40th year of the film festival. 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. Piers Handling, chief executive and director of TIFF, said: “We are celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2015 and this first round of films offers a taste of the incredible line-up at this year’s festival.

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.

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