Newswire: This year’s Venice Film Festival is packed to the gills with big premieres

While many critics and journalists (including our own correspondent, A.A. Dowd) have characterized this year’s Cannes Film Festival as underwhelming, the line-up for its fall cousin, the Venice Film Festival, is bursting with potential. As Variety reports, the main competition and sidebar selections includes Darren Aronofsky’s horror film Mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence; Guillermo Del Toro’s 1960s-set merman movie The Shape Of Water; Lean On Pete, the latest from British writer-director Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years); Martin McDonaugh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Ex Libris: New York Public Library, a new film by documentary titan Frederick Wiseman; Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, the first new film by Tunisian-French writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche since his Cannes prize-winner Blue Is The Warmest Color; Zama, Lucrecia Martial’s long-awaited follow-up to The Headless Woman; the black comedy Suburbicon, directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon; and Caniba, by Leviathan …

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