Now that the Cannes Film Festival has come to a close, we can now turn our attention to the more Oscar centric festivals that we’ll be seeing in the coming months (mainly the fall). First up is the Venice Film Festival, and the new artistic director of the fest is looking to have some high profile debuts, according to The Hollywood Reporter here. After the jump you can see a few more names and my thoughts, but right at the top is Paul Thomas Anderson with ‘The Master’ and Terrence Malick with ‘To The Wonder’. Will they actually show up? Well, check out my quick thoughts below…
In addition to PTA and Malick, new director Alberto Barbera also mentioned Brian DePalma and his new film ‘Passion’, along with Italian filmmakers Silvio Soldini, Marco Bellocchio and Gabriele Salvatores as well. Factor in potential other entries like Derek Cianfrance’s ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ and Joe Wright’s ‘Anna Karenina’, this could be a high quality fest. The thing is, maybe half of these flicks will actually play, so it’s all speculation right now. The festival doesn’t start until the end of August though, so stay tuned for more information on the slate when we have it!
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