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Line-up for Venice Film Festival announced

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07-26-2014 00:27 BJT

An American comedy-drama superhero film will open this year's Venice Film Festival, while French director Patrice Leconte's "A Promise", a film screened last year in Venice, will be released in the UK soon.

An American comedy-drama superhero film will open this year

An American comedy-drama superhero film will open this year's Venice Film Festival, while French director Patrice Leconte's "A Promise", a film screened last year in Venice, will be released in the UK soon.

The line-up for this year's Venice Film Festival has been announced. Proceedings will kick off with a screening of "Birdman," starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor who tries to reclaim his past glory by starring in a Broadway play. The film will premiere in Venice on August 27th, and will be one of 55 films to screen at the competition.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Hall stars alongside Alan Rickman and Richard Madden in "A Promise", which focuses on good old fashioned love and romance.

Set in Germany in 1912, the film tells the story of a young secretary who falls in love with his employer's wife. 

"It's not a conventional story about an affair. There isn't an affair, what it is it's a story about living with love as a fantasy really, the idea of it, which I think one can hold on to for a lifetime whereas the actuality can sometimes prove a little trickier and that's what it's sort of about. It's about that romantic notion,"Rebecca Hall said.

What also interested Hall is the fact the story has "no villains or heroes." 

"All three of them have very strong feelings and emotions and are confused and directed by their slightly bewildering feelings of love and none of them can express it properly and they are all butting heads with each other in very sort of heart felt ways. It strikes me that everyone loves each of the other," Rebecca Hall said.

According to the film's director Patrice Leconte, the French-Belgian production "is set in a time where there was a lot of romanticism." 

The French director thinks it's a notion that has less of a place in the modern world. 

"Today we don't give space to romanticism or feelings or love or desires, so I call myself the chairman of the club of sentimentals, which does not exist of course, but I am the chairman anyway. And I find it very sad that this modern world does not give room for feelings or people's emotions," director of "A Promise" Patrice Leconte said.

Leconte not only directs the movie but is also its Director of Photography, which he says allows him to communicate his ideas to the cast more clearly. "A Promise" is released in the U.K. on August the 1st. 

Proceedings will kick off with a screening of "Birdman," starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor who tries to reclaim his past glory by starring in a Broadway play.

Proceedings will kick off with a screening of "Birdman," starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor who tries to reclaim his past glory by starring in a Broadway play.

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