'La Belle endormie' to premiere at Venice fest

1:29 PM PST 07/19/2010 by Eric J. Lyman, AP

Hong Sang-soo's 'Oki's Movie' closes the Orizzonti sidebar

ROME -- "La Belle endormie" from Parisian filmmaker Catherine Breillat, will be the opening film in the Orizzonti sidebar at the Venice Film Festival, organizers said Monday.

The festival also announced that Hong Sang-soo's four-chapter odyssey "Oki's Movie (Ok-hui-ui yeonghwa)" would be the closing film in the sidebar, which this year will focus on custom format films.

Both films will be world premieres, and will screen on Sept. 2 and 11, respectively.

Breillat is best known for her explorations of human sexuality. The festival said that "La Belle endormie" is based on the fables of Charles Perrault, the 17th-century writer behind "Mother Goose" fairytales.

Hong, who won the Un Certain Regard prize in Cannes for his film "Hahaha," is a founder of the new Korean cinema movement.

The 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival takes place this year from Sept. 1-11.
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