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Malick, Coppola could lead strong crop at Venice 2010

Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life and Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere are among a raft of strong titles that could be bound for this year’s Venice or Toronto.

Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life — which had been hoped for as a cornerstone of the festival here — was not ready in time for the Croisette, so it now appears Venice-bound. In fact, a slew of high-profile films could herald an especially hot year in Venice — and/or Toronto.

Other titles tipped for the Lido include Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Anton Corbijn’s The American, Julian Schnabel’s Miral, Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole, Bruce Robinson’s The Rum Diary, Robert Rodriguez’s Machete and Julie Taymor’s The Tempest.

From the continent, Vallanzasca seems like a strong contender from Italy and Benedek Fliegauf’s Womb could be ready from Germany-Hungary-France. Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse is also believed to be ready to unspool. Scandinavian titles could include Susanne Bier’s In A Better World and Bent Hamer’s Home For Christmas. Middle Eastern selections ready in time for Venice could include Maryam Keshavarz’s Circumstance and Dover Kosashvili’s The Duel.

Asian selections could include Takashi Miike’s Thirteen Assassins, Sion Sono’s Cold Fish, Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw The Devil, Tran Anh Hung’s Norwegian Wood, Su Chao-pin’s Reign Of Assassins, Chen Kaige’s Zhao’s Orphan and Wayne Wang’s Snow Flower And The Secret Fan.

The UK could be represented by David Mackenzie’s The Last Word, Cary Joji Fukunaga’s update of Jane Eyre, Nigel Cole’s Made In Dagenham, Kevin Macdonald’s The Eagle Of The Ninth, Peter Mullan’s Neds and Rowan Joffé’s Brighton Rock.


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