Venice Film Fes­ti­val has Kris­ten Stewart in ‘Equals’, Idris Elba in ‘Beasts of No Na­tion’

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - BY JILL LAW­LESS

This year’s Venice Film Fes­ti­val will in­clude Kris­ten Stewart in a sci-fi ro­mance, Idris Elba at war and a thriller star­ring Tilda Swin­ton and Dakota John­son, as well as po­ten­tially awards-wor­thy per­for­mances from Ed­die Red­mayne, Johnny Depp and Jake Gyl­len­haal.

Or­ga­niz­ers an­nounced a 21strong com­pe­ti­tion lineup Wed­nes­day for the fes­ti­val, which takes place in Septem­ber.

It in­cludes Drake Dore­mus’ fu- tur­is­tic “Equals,” with Stewart and Ni­cholas Hoult; Luca Guadagnino’s “A Big­ger Splash,” with Swin­ton, John­son and Ralph Fi­ennes; and Cary Fuku­naga’s African child-soldier story “Beasts of No Na­tion,” star­ring Elba.

Com­pe­ti­tion for the top Golden Lion prize also in­cludes Char­lie Kauf­man and Duke John­son’s an­i­mated fea­ture “Ano­ma­l­isa”; mu­si­cian Lau­rie An­der­son’s “Heart of a Dog”; and “The Dan­ish Girl,” from “The King’s Speech” di­rec­tor Tom Hooper, which stars 2014 Os­car­win­ner Red­mayne as a trans­gen­der woman in the 1920s.

There is also a new film from Canada’s Atom Egoyan (“Re­mem­ber,” a Nazi-hunt­ing thriller star­ring Christo­pher Plum­mer and Martin Lan­dau).

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Venice Bi­en­nale Pres­i­dent Paolo Baratta ges­tures prior to a press con­fer­ence to present the Venice Film Fes­ti­val, in Rome Wed­nes­day.

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