Film hopefuls vie for Venice prize

The Venice Film Festival reaches its climax on Saturday with the awarding of the Golden Lion for best picture.

Film hopefuls vie for Venice prize
One contender is Atonement, the adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

Other British hopes include Sleuth, a remake of the 1972 classic with Sir Michael Caine and Jude Law in the lead roles, and It's A Free World, Ken Loach's drama about the exploitation of migrant workers.

Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, an erotic drama set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during the Second World War, is considered a favourite for the prize.

It would be the second Golden Lion for Lee, who won in 2005 with Brokeback Mountain.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, a Western starring Brad Pitt, is also in with a good chance, as is The Secret of the Grain, a family saga set among France's North African immigrant community.

The ceremony at Venice's Palazzo del Cinema will also feature awards for best director, actor and actress.

Cate Blanchett is strongly fancied for her extraordinary performance in Todd Haynes film I'm Not There, as one of six actors playing singer Bob Dylan.

British newcomer Kierston Wareing has also been tipped for her starring role in It's A Free World, as a young woman who sets up a London recruitment agency for migrant workers and becomes increasingly ruthless.

Besides Pitt, contenders for best actor include George Clooney for corporate thriller Michael Clayton and Sir Michael Caine for Sleuth.

Press Association
Last Mod: 08 Eylül 2007, 11:25
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