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Philomena and The Zero Theorem form part of Venice Film Festival line-up


Story by Jack Foley

STEPHEN Frears’ Philomena and Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem will have their world premieres at this year’s Venice International Film Festival.

The prestigious festival takes place from August 28 to September 7, 2013, and will be opened by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney sci-fi epic Gravity

A total of 20 titles will compete for the festival’s Golden Lion award, with acclaimed director Bernardo Bertolucci heading the jury.

Philomena stars Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the true story of a woman who searched for 50 years to find the child she was forced to give up, while The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as a reclusive computer genius attempting to solve a mathematical equation that will determine whether life has meaning.

Also in competition is Under The Skin, the first feature from Sexy Beast director Jonathan Glazer since 2004’s Birth, and which stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien who searches remote roads in Scotland to find human prey.

And James Franco’s Child of God, which he directs as well as stars in, is also among the competition. The film tells the story of a violent loner who lives in a cave in the mountains of Tennessee.

Titles showing out of competition include Steven Knight’s , a real-time thriller starring Tom Hardy and Olivia Coleman, Paul Schrader’s erotic thriller The Canyons, written by Bret Easton Ellis and featuring Lindsay Lohan, and Kim Ki-Duk’s controversial film Moebius, which has struggled to get a release in South Korea due to its incestuous content.

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