Clooney’s ‘Ides of March’ to open Venice fest

Posted by · 9:11 pm · June 20th, 2011

Once again this year, Guy will be covering the Venice Film Festival while I’m up in the Colorado mountains catching this and that at Telluride. Today, via Variety, the former’s opening night film has been announced:

George Clooney’s “The Ides of March” has been tapped as the opening film of the 68th Venice Film Festival on Aug. 31. Fest hasn’t made an official announcement but a source not authorized to speak for the event confirmed the selection Monday. Sony’s dated the political thriller for an Oct. 7 limited release.

Clooney directed from a script he co-wrote with Grant Heslov. He also stars in the film, which is based on the Broadway play “Farragut North,” written by Beau Willmon.

It goes without saying, this one could be a big player on the circuit this year. Which reminds me, mark your calendars because July 4 I’ll finally dip my pen in the prediction ink this year with a new column and reassessment of the Contenders section.

[Photo: Columbia Pictures]

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  • 1 6-21-2011 at 8:40 am

    Maxim said...

    I wonder how Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” would have fared under Aronofsky.

  • 2 6-21-2011 at 8:47 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    If Aronofsky had presided over the same jury Tarantino did, it probably would have won a major prize anyway. I hear it was a very popular choice within the jury — the Golden Lion wasn’t just Tarantino’s doing. (QT was allegedly more responsible for the two big awards won by The Last Circus.)

  • 3 6-21-2011 at 4:32 pm

    Maxim said...

    That’s cool. That thought occured to me mainly based on realizion that Darren’s and Sophia’s last works are almost polar opposites in terms of, well, mood and subtlety.

    Than again, Tarantino isn’t much known for that either so I guess one never really knows.

  • 4 6-21-2011 at 5:14 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    More often than not, filmmakers heading festival juries seem to favour work in a very different key from their own. David Cronenberg’s jury picking the Dardennes’ “Rosetta” and Francis Ford Coppola’s jury picking “Secrets and Lies,” both at Cannes, spring to mind as examples.