July 31, 2009 04:08:19 GMT
Viggo Mortensen's 'The Road' and Nicolas Cage's 'Bad Lieutenant' are among those vying for a Golden Lion, while Matt Damon's 'The Informant!' is included in the non-competition section.
Which films are included in the 66th Venice International Film Festival's line-up have been unveiled. On Thursday, July 30, Paolo Baratta, the President of the Venice Biennale, and Marco Muller, the Director of the Cinema section, announced the festival's selection, which included 71 world premieres, at a press conference in Rome's Excelsior Hotel on the Via Veneto.
Listed among the movies vying for a Golden Lion are six U.S. feature films. They are Michael Moore's global meltdown documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story", John Hillcoat's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel "The Road", Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant" remake "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans", George Romero's horror flick "Survival of the Dead", and Tom Ford's directorial debut "A Single Man".
For the out of competition section, four U.S. movies added the line-up. Steven Soderbergh's thriller comedy "The Informant!", Grant Heslov's military mind-control satire "The Men Who Stare at Goats", Joe Dante's 3-D horror film "The Hole", and Oliver Stone's documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, "South of the Border", are the four films in the list.
Commenting on the large number of U.S. films making the line-up list, Muller said during the press conference, "Everybody thought that the writers' strike and the economic crisis had created a stall in American cinema; instead this year, like never before, we found such ample offerings coming from the U.S.; both from established directors like Steven Soderbergh and first-timers like Tom Ford."
To run at Venice Lido from September 2 to 12, the 66th Venice International Film Festival will be kicked off with world premiere screening of Giuseppe Tornatore's big-budget Sicilian epic "Baaria", which is also in competition line-up. Fruit Chan and Cui Jian's "Chengdu, I Love You" has been selected to be the closing film. Partial list of the line-up can be read below, whereas the complete line-up can be obtained at Venice Film Festival site.
66th Annual Venice Film Festival Line-Up Competition: