Madonna takes on the best in film at Venice Festival

Friday July 29, 2011

Madonna's directorial debut W.E. is to have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

The film - about King Edward VIII's relationship with American divorcee Wallis Simpson, and starring Andrea Riseborough - has been confirmed as screening out of competition at the film festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10.

Al Pacino's new film Wilde Salome, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's notorious 1891 play which he directs and stars in as King Herod, will also screen out of competition. 

The 71-year-old screen legend is also to be honoured at the event.

Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky will chair the competition jury and 21 titles will compete for the prestigious Golden Lion award, all of which will be having their world premieres.

These include Tomas Alfredson's new film version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, starring Gary Oldman as John le Carre's infamous spy George Smiley and political drama The Ides of March directed by and starring George Clooney.

Also competing for the award is David Cronenberg's new film A Dangerous Method. 

The film covers the conflict between the psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley.

Roman Polanski's new work Carnage, starring Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster as parents brought together after their children fight at school will have its world premiere along with Andrea Arnold's new adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

Other films include The Exorcist's William Friedkin's new film starring Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen's Shame starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan and Todd Solondz's Dark Horse starring Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken.

Also screening out of competition is Steven Soderbergh's thriller Contagion, with an all-star cast that includes Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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