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Venice Festival Takes on New Look

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Venice Festival Takes on New Look

The Venice Film Festival is taking on a new look for its 58th edition, opening Aug. 29.

The festival, which runs through Sept. 8, will include two primary competitions--the Venice 58, an international competition for full-length films, and the new Cinema of the Present focusing on current trends in cinema.

The festival will screen 140 films during its 11-day run, organizers said in presenting the program Friday.

The 20 films in the international competition come from Spain, Italy, France, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Netherlands, India, Romania, Brazil, and the United States.

Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti will preside over the jury that will judge the international competition. Moretti's film "The Son's Room" won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

A host of American movies are featured out of competition, including Steven Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," with Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, and Frances O'Connor.

Also showing out of competition will be Woody Allen's "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," starring Allen and Helen Hunt; David Mamet's "Heist;" and "Tuesday," an animated film by British director Geoff Dunbar that features the voices of Dustin Hoffman and Paul McCartney.

The festival will also include a retrospective of the cinematic works of Polish director Andrzej Munk and Frenchman Guy Debord.

Rounding out the festival, French filmmaker Eric Rohmer will receive a Golden Lion career achievement award. Rohmer's newest work, "L'Anglaise et le Duc," will be shown at the festival.

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