Venice taps 'Atonement' as opener


ROME -- The 64th annual Venice Film Festival will open with Joe Wright's "Atonement," starring Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and Vanessa Redgrave, organizers said Friday. Based on Ian McEwan's Booker Prize-winning novel, "Atonement" is a U.K. production, and its choice fits with Venice artistic director Marco Mueller's Festival de Cannes statements that English-language productions will feature heavily at this year's event. The Venice fest runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8.