Robert Redford, Spike Lee and Brian De Palma are among the big name Hollywood directors who will be booking a ticket to Venice this year.
The line-up for the 69th Venice Film Festival was unveiled Thursday with a list of heavyweight European auteurs like Denmark's Susanne Bier and her comedy "Love Is All You Need," in addition to the American talent.
Notably, the festival boasts the world premiere for Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder," a romantic drama from the famously secretive director that stars Ben Affleck and Rachel Weisz.
The opening night slot goes to Mira Nair's political thriller "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," which stars Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland. Nair was the first woman to win the festival's Golden Lion prize in 2001 for "Monsoon Wedding."
Other films of note that will be hitting Venice both in and out of competition are Lee's Michael Jackson documentary "Bad 25," De Palma's erotic thriller "Passion," Redford's Weather Underground inspired drama "The Company You Keep," and Jonathan Demme's documentary "Enzo Avitabile Music Life."
One film that is missing in action and had been expected to make an appearance at the Italian gathering is Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," a film that ...