George Clooney’s THE IDES OF MARCH Will Open the 2011 Venice Film Festival

     June 20, 2011


The Ides of March tops my list of most anticipated awards contenders.  If it weren’t opening earlier than most of the other films on the list (October 7), I might be planning a trip to Italy right now instead of passing along this information: Deadline reports The Ides of March will open the 2011 Venice Film Festival on August 31.  George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood star in The Ides of March.  Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck) adapted the script from the Beau Willimon play Farragut North, about “a young press secretary who falls prey to dirty backroom politics as he works to get his candidate elected in a tight race.”

The political drama is in good company next to previously announced festival selections Carnage and A Dangerous Method.  Darren Aronofsky will head the jury at this year’s fest.  Going to go poke around Travelocity now, just to see if a Venice vacation is anywhere near my price range.  [Update: No. No it is not.]

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  • Strong Enough

    What are the awards contenders for this year? not a lot. am sure War horse will get a nominations and this but I can’t think of any other movie

    •!/colliderbrendan Brendan Bettinger

      This is a good list:

      I was talking out of my ass, but Ides of March really is my most anticipated on that list. Young Adult #2.

      • Strong Enough

        nice thanx

  • Nick

    This is the top of my list. Need to go to Venice ASAP

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  • kungfukid

    Gosling is such an intense actor(really one of those “Heath Ledgers”) that any film he’s attach with, i’m seriously interested. plus with Hoffman in the film(and Brendan you forgot to put him in the cast), you can expect something special. I’m pretty sure he’ll steal some scenes again in this supporting role(remember Charlie Wilson’s War).

    i can’t wait for Gosling and Hoffman to go at it on screen! damn, this film seriously has the best chance to be the best ensembled cast this year. the only hindrance is that if Clooney makes a bad movie out of it.

  • daniel

    damn you Darren, Venice has such a high profile list this year. you’ll certainly have a good time. i envy you!

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