Hugo Chavez might hit Venice for Stone pic

'South of the Border' screens at the festival Monday

VENICE -- Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who is the subject of Oliver Stone's next film, said he is "considering" coming to Venice for the documentary's premiere, according to Italian media.

Stone's "South of the Border," which screens on the Venice Lido on Monday, features interviews with seven other Latin American leaders -- including Cuba's Raul Castro and Brazilian leader Lula da Silva, and Bolivian Evo Morales -- about Chavez, the former coup leader famous for views critical of the U.S.

Chavez has reportedly said he enjoyed the Stone documentary. On Thursday, he added that he is considering taking Stone up on his invitation to the world premiere of the film, and that he would make a decision with enough time to make the trip.

"I am considering the trip, but I have other obligations, political obligations," Chavez is reported to have said. "Although to be honest, the film premiere in Venice is also a political obligation."
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