Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY to Open 70th Annual Venice Film Festival

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The Venice Film Festival is set to open this year with Alfonso Cuaron’s highly-anticipated new film, Gravity.  The sci-fi picture centers on a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) who is stranded alone in space with a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) following a catastrophic event aboard their spacecraft.  It will be the first 3D picture to ever kick off the Venice Film Festival, and definitely a big change of pace from last year’s Venice opener, Mira Nair’s independent political thriller, The Reluctant Fundamentalist.  Getting Gravity as the opener is a very encouraging sign for Cuaron’s movie since Warner Bros. could run the picture through the festival circuit up to its opening on October 4th in order to be a major player during awards season.  Cuaron is no stranger to Venice and his previous films Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men both won awards when they played at the festival.

Personally, I’m hoping for a North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, but we’ll have to see how far the studio is willing to take the picture.  It’s worth noting that a majority of last year’s Venice features made the jump to TIFF  Hit the jump for the press release.

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