Michael Moore pic to compete at Venice

66th annual festival to feature 71 world premieres

ROME -- Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" will headline a 24-film competition lineup at September's Venice Film Festival, which is heavy on first and second films from up-and-coming directors.

The lineup includes five U.S. films, four each from Italy and France, four from Asia, two from the Middle East -- with all 23 films named Thursday as world premieres.

A 24th surprise competition pic to be announced during the fest would also be a world premiere, officials said. The fest will feature 71 world premieres.

"We are very pleased and very honored to announce this lineup," Venice artistic director Marco Mueller said in a briefing Thursday, where Fatih Akin's comedy "Soul Kitchen"; "Accident," a thriller from China's Cheang Pou; and "A Single Man," a drama from Tom Ford starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, were revealed as part of the lineup.

All told, the fest will feature 16 first works and nine second works. Five first works will appear in competition, believed to be a modern-day record for the 66-year-old fest.

Other notable competition selections include Michele Placido's "Il Grande Sogno" (The Big Dream), Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans," "The Road," from John Hillcoat, and "White Material" from France's Claire Denis.

As previously announced, "Baaria," the competition coming-of-age story from Italian Oscar winner Giuseppe Tornatore, will open the event. It will be the first time in two decades that an Italian film opened the storied festival.

The out-of-competition lineup seems sure to continue Venice's tradition of high-wattage star power: Grant Heslov's "Men Who Stare at Goats" starring George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!" starring Matt Damon are among the films likely to attract top-shelf Hollywood talent to the Venice Lido.

The festival is set for Sept. 2-12.

The 66th annual Venice Film Festival lineup follows:

Competition
"36 vues du Pic Saint Loup," Jacques Rivette, France
"Accident," Cheang Pou-Soi, China-Hong Kong
"Baaria," Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy
"Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans," Werner Herzog, U.S.
"Between Two Worlds," Vimukthi Jayasundara, Sri Lanka
"Capitalism: A Love Story," Michael Moore, U.S.
"La Doppia Ora," Giuseppe Capotondi, Italy
"Il Grande Sogno," Michele Placido, Italy
"Lebanon," Samuel Maoz, Israel
"Life During Wartime," Todd Solondz, U.S.
"Lo Spazio Bianco," Francesca Comencini, Italy
"Lourdes," Jessica Hausner, Austria
"Mr. Nobody," Jaco van Dormael, France
"Persecution," Patrice Chereau, France
"Prince of Tears," Yonfan, Hong Kong
"The Road," John Hillcoat, U.S.
"A Single Man," Tom Ford, U.S.
"Soul Kitchen," Fatih Akin, Germany
"Survival of the Dead," George Romero, U.S.
"Tetsuo The Bullet Man," Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan
"The Traveller," Ahmed Maher, Egypt
"White Material," Claire Denis, France
"Women Without Men," Shirin Neshat, Germany

Out of competition
"Anni Luce," Francesco Maselli, Italy
"Chengdu, I Love You," Fruit Chan, Cui Jian, China
"The Hole," Joe Dante, U.S.
"The Informant!," Steven Soderbergh, U.S.
"Men Who Stare at Goats," Grant Heslov, U.S.
"Napoli Napoli Napoli," Abel Ferrara, Italy
"L'oro di Cuba," Giuliano Montaldo, Italy
"Prove per una tragedia Siciliana," John Turturro, Roman Paska, Italy
"REC 2," Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza, Spain
"Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story," Yousry Nasrallah, Egypt
"South of the Border," Oliver Stone, U.S.
"Yona Yona Penguin," Rintaro, Japan

Midnight movies
"Gulaal," Anurag Kashyap, India
"Dev D," Anurag Kashyap, India
"Brooklyn's Finest," Antoine Fuqua, U.S.
"Delhi-6," Rakeysh Omprakash, India
"Valhalla Rising," Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark

Horizons
"Francesca," Bobby Paunescu, Romania
"One-Zero," Kamla Abou Zekri, Egypt
"Buried Secrets," Raja Amari, Tunisia
"Tender Parasites," Christian Becker and Oliver Schwabe, Germany
"Adrift," Bui Thac Chuyen, Vietnam
"Crush," Petr Buslov, Aleksei German Jr., Borisd Khlebnikov, Kirill Serebrennikov, Ivan Vrypayev, Russia
"Repo Chick," Alex Cox, U.S.
"Engkwentro," Pepe Diokno, Philippines
"The Man's Woman and Other Stories," Amit Dutta, India
"Paraiso," Hector Galvez, Peru
"Io sono l'amore," Luca Guadagnino, Italy
"Cow," Guan Hu, China
"Judge," Liu Jie, China
"Pepperminta," Pipilotti Rist, Switzerland
"Tris di donne e abiti nunziali," Martina Gedeck, Italy
"Insolacao," Daniela Thomas and Felipe Hirsch, Brazil
"1428," Du Haibin, China
"I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You," Marcelo Gomes and Karim Ainouz, Brazil
"Once Upon a Time Proletarian: 12 Tales of a Country," Guo Xiaolu, China
"Villalobos," Romuald Karmakar, Germany
"Il Colore delle parole," Marco Simon Puccioni, Italy
"The One All Alone," Frank Scheffer, The Netherlands
"Toto," Peter Schreiner, Austria

Horizons Events Program 1
"The Death of Pentheus," Philip Haas, U.S.
"Faces of Soul," Gina Kim, U.S.
"La Boheme," Werner Herzog, U.K.
"Mudanza," Pere Portabella, Spain

Horizons Events Program 2
"Deserto Rosa -- Luigi Ghirri," Elisabetta Sgarbi, Italy
"Reading Book of Blockade," Aleksander Sokurov, Russia
"Armando Testa -- Povero ma moderno," Pappi Corsicato"La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris," Fredrick Wiseman, U.S., In collaboration with Dance Biennale
"Hugo en Afrique," Stefano Knuchel, Switzerland
"Via della Croce," Serena Nono, Italy

Controcampo Italiano -- New Italian Cinema Trends
"Poeti," Toni D'Angelo
"Negli occhi," Francesco del Grosso
"Il Compleanno," Daniele Anzellotti, Marco Filiberti
"Dieci Inverni," Valerio Mieli
"Cosmonauta," Susanna Nicchiarelli
"Hollywood sul Tevere," Marco Spagnoli
"Il Piccolo," Maurizio Zaccaro

Controcampo Italiano Events
"Giuseppe De Santis," Carlo Lizzani

Controcampo/Retrospective Events
"Lola," Giulio Questi
"Hotel Courbet," Tinto Brass

Golden Lion for lifetime achievement
John Lasseter and the Disney/Pixar directors
"Toy Story 3-D," John Lasseter, U.S.
"Toy Story 2-D," John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon, U.S.
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