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Venice Film festival line-up includes some of the most anticipated movies of the year

2018-07-27 12:43

Rome — The Venice Film Festival will feature plenty of Hollywood star power, including premieres for a biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong starring Ryan Gosling, a period western by the Coen brothers with Liam Neeson, and Bradley Cooper's directorial debut starring Lady Gaga.

The 75th edition of the world's oldest film festival opens on 29 August with the world premiere of First Man by Damien Chazelle. Like his previous film La La Land, which also opened the festival and earned six Oscars, it stars Gosling, who plays Armstrong.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is the new offering from the Coen brothers. It started out as a television series before being turned into a movie featuring Tom Waits.

Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz star in an irreverent royal comedy set in the early 18th century called The Favourite, by Yorgos Lanthimos, which also makes its debut on the Lido.

Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson are paired in the horror movie Suspiria by Luca Guadagnino, who earned acclaim for last year's "Call Me By Your Name."

Among other films being shown for the first time are Roma, Alfonso Cuaron's first film since Gravity; Mike Leigh's Peterloo, about an 1819 massacre in northern England; and Sunset by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, who captured the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with Son of Saul.

Debuting out of competition for the Golden Lion are Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born, in which he stars alongside Gaga, and the police abuse drama Dragged Across Concrete with Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn.

Golden Lions for career achievements will be presented to British actress Vanessa Redgrave and Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg at the festival, which runs through to 8 September. 

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