ROME – The Venice Film Festival unveiled the lineup for its 70th edition Thursday, including Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Stephen Frears' Philomena and James Franco's Child of God in its competition lineup.
Six of 19 competition slots went to U.S. productions.
Second-year artistic director Alberto Barbera Thursday morning made the announcements, which also included an out-of-competition spot for Kim Ki-duk's Moebius.
Demonstrations from Italian cinema industry groups that threatened to “block” Thursday’s press conference in protest of the government’s decision to stop funding the cinema tax credit turned out to be low key, though the possibility of more high profile protests during the festival itself remains.
The festival had previously given a few hints about its out-of-competition selection, including the news that Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi thriller Gravity would open the festival and that Paul Schrader’s crowd-funded The Canyons would premiere on the Lido. The Exorcist and The French Connection director William Friedkin will receive a Venice Golden Lion honor for lifetime achievement.
The world’s oldest film festival will take place on the Venice Lido August 28-Sept. 7.
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