Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen star in director David Cronenberg's latest feature, A Dangerous Method, revolving around the turbulent relationships between psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud and Sabina Speilrein. The film is making its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, with Sony Pictures Classics releasing the film in late November.
Damsels in Distress
Out of Competition, Closing Night Film
Named the closing night film, the Whit Stillman comedy starring Greta Gerwig is the filmmaker's fourth feature and his first in more than 12 years. Damsels in Distress centers on three young girls trying to change life at a beaten-down American university. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to the film, which also stars Adam Brody, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Analeigh Tipton and Carrie MacLemore.
Out of Competition
The Weinstein Co.'s W.E., out in U.S. theaters Dec. 9, marks Madonna's latest directorial effort. The film, starring Andrea Riseborough and Abbie Cornish, is a romantic exploration of the mysterious connection across decades between two women confronting the consequences of desire. "I was always intrigued by the story of the King who gave up the throne for the woman he loved," Madonna wrote on the film festival's website. "I wanted to tell it from a modern day point of view, so I created the story of Wally – a young woman trapped in an unhappy marriage."
Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy
Set in the 1970s, the Tomas Alffredson-helmed drama stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy. The feature, based on the book of the same name by John Carre, centers on retired George Smiley, who is drawn back into the life of an MI6 agent. Focus Features plans to release the film in the U.S. on Dec. 9.
The Ides of March
In Competition, Opening Night Film
It's a big year for George Clooney. Not only is The Descendants already appearing on early lists for awards favorites, the political drama The Ides of March -- which Clooney wrote and directed -- features a cast led by Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Based on the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon, The Ides of March opens in the U.S. on Oct. 14.
Killer Joe is the first film from The French Connection and The Exorcist director William Friedkin since 2005. Matthew McConaughey stars as a hit man hired to kill a young man's mother so the boy can collect her life insurance. The film is based on Tracy Letts' play and co-stars Emile Hirsch and Thomas Haden Church.
The Venice Film Festival description of this Todd Solondz film says it best: "Thirtysomething guy w/ Arrested Development falls for thirtysomething girl w/ Arrested Development, but moving out of his junior high school bedroom proves too much. Tragedy ensues." Justin Bartha, Selma Blair and Jordan Geiber star.
Out of Competition
Steven Soderbergh may be retiring from filmmaking soon, but his latest thriller Contagion, boasts an A-list cast, led by Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet and Jude Law. The story follows the rapid progress of an airborne virus that kills people within days and as it grows exponentially, doctors and scientists race to find a cure. A Sept. 9 release date has been set for the Warner Bros. feature.
Based on the play God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski's big-screen adaptation has major starpower. Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly play a married couple while Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz make up the other; their characters meet up to discuss their children's fight earlier that day at school. The Sony Pictures Classics film will open in theaters Dec. 16.
Life Without Principle
Johnnie To produced and directed the tale of three men linked together by a $5 million bag of stolen money. They have nothing in common except a desperate need for cash. To said, "This is a turbulent world, and in order to survive people have no choice but to play the game. No matter how hard you try to follow the rules, sooner or later, a part of you will be lost.”
Life Without Principle is To’s fourth film to screen in Venice, following The Mad Detective in 2007, Exiled a year earlier, and Throw Down from 2004.