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Venice Film Festival, 1-10 September 2011

The Venice Film Festival takes place between 1 and 10 September this year promising to serve up a host of new cinematic magic.

Venice Film Festival

Some of the biggest films to open during the Venice Film Festival include:

The Ides of March
Ryan Gosling might not be a household name just yet but the charismatic method actor already has an impressive body of work behind him (The Believer, The Notebook, Half Nelson, Blue Valentine) and was named by Total Film magazine as the hottest prospect for 2012. Ryan Gosling appears alongside veteran George Clooney, who also directs, in this political drama based loosely on the 2004 presidential campaign of Howard Dean. There is strong support from Academy Award nominated Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei who have previously appeared together in the acclaimed Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a screen adaptation of a spy novel by John Le Carre featuring a distinctly British cast that includes Gary Oldman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy (currently shooting The Dark Knight Rises in the role of nemesis, Bane). This high-brow, cat-and-mouse whodunit is directed by Tomas Alfredson who is fresh from critical acclaim for his Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In.

Wuthering Heights
Emily Bronte’s gothic melodrama gets another reboot with newcomers Kaya Scodelario and James Howson taking on the immortal roles of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Wuthering Heights has given rise to many adaptations and inspired works including an opera by legendary film score specialist Bernard Herrmann and a song by Kate Bush. This big screen adaptation promises to bring a new generation of fans to the classic tale of thwarted love.

Celebrated Polish director Roman Polanski takes the helm in this adaptation of a stage play about warring middle-class parents starring Academy Award winner Kate Winslet (Titanic), John C Reilly (The Thin Red Line) and Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs). Expect something in the vein of the classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf starring the late Elizabeth Taylor.

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