Best start learning those vaporetto routes now—the Venice Film Festival has announced its lineup, and two of its most hyped selections have one very particular asset in common. Rachel McAdams stars in two festival headlining flicks, Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder and Brian De Palma’s Passion, playing a hometown friend of a man whose marriage falls apart in the former and stars alongside Noomi Rapace in the latter, a revenge thriller based on the French film Love Crime. Harmony Korine’s teenage heist flick Spring Breakers, starring Disney Channel alumni Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens alongside James Franco, is also in the competition. Non-competition entries include works from Jonathan Demme and Robert Redford.
One surprising omission is Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, which generated hype with the release of its trailer last week, initially reported to be a likely hit at the festival but not in the final lineup.
Opening the festival is one of its most anticipated non-competing films, Monsoon Wedding director Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, an adaptation of the acclaimed 2007 novel by Moshin Hamid, in which a Pakistani man travels to America in pursuit of livin’ the dream, in so many words. The closer will be L’Homme Qui Rit from Jean Pierre Ameris, the most recent in a long line of adaptations of the classic Victor Hugo tale.
The festival runs from August 29th to September 8th.