Coen brothers' 'Burn' igniting Venice fest

Film has world premiere in August

ROME -- Joel and Ethan Coen's "Burn After Reading," the duo's next movie after the Oscar-winning "No Country for Old Men," will open the summer's Venice Film Festival.

The dark spy comedy stars John Malkovich as an ousted CIA operative whose memoirs fall into the hands of two gym workers who set out to exploit their find. The film also stars Venice regulars including George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Brad Pitt.

The movie's world premiere will immediately follow the opening ceremony for the 65th edition of the Venice event, on Aug. 27. The festival runs through Sept. 6.

"Burn After Reading" is a Working Title production, produced, written, and directed by the Coen brothers. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Robert Graf are the film's executive producers.

Venice officials said the film would open in the U.K. a week after its Venice screening, on Sept. 5. The U.S. premiere would follow a week later, on Sept. 12.
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