Venice Fest wields Fincher’s ‘Club’

Pitt starrer sets world preem, Hitchcock tribute skedded

ROME — Putting the finishing touches on the lineup for its upcoming 56th edition, the Venice Intl. Film Festival has announced several additional entries, including the world premiere of David Fincher’s “Fight Club,” which Fox will open in the U.S. in October.

Screening Sept. 10 as the final film in the latenight Dreams and Visions lineup, “Club” centers on a secret society of nihilistic young men who relieve their frustrations by beating each other to a pulp. Pic stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter, all of whom will be attending the fest, along with Fincher and producer Art Linson.

“It is an honor for the Venice Film Festival to present the world premiere of a film that confirms the talent and originality of one of contemporary cinema’s most visionary directors,” said fest topper Alberto Barbera. “The confirmation that Fincher’s film will be completed in time is cause for great satisfaction. Despite the commitment of the director and of 20th Century Fox executives, I feared repeatedly that unforeseen circumstances would prevent the inclusion in the festival of one of the films about which I care most.”

Up in the air

The 18th and final title in Venice’s competition selection is still awaiting confirmation, and is expected to be announced later this month along with the final member of the official jury.

Other late entries announced include “Hakuchi — the Innocent,” by Japanese helmer Macoto Tezka, screening in Dreams and Visions, and two new titles in the Cinema of the Present section: Zrinko Ogresta’s “Red Dust” from Croatia, and Indian director Dev Benegal’s English-language feature “Split Wide Open.”

Five titles have been added to the New Territories lineup: Brit pic “Nasty Neighbors” by Debbie Isitt; “Ray,” Goutam Gosh’s documentary feature on Bengali director Satyajit Ray; Dutch director Peter Delpeut’s homage to silent screen sirens “Diva Dolorosa”; Portuguese maverick Joao Botelho’s short film, “Se a Memoria existe”; and Fiorella Infascelli and Alberto Arbasino’s video documentary “Al caffe delle arti,” from Italy.

Hitchcock tribute

Also added is a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock to mark his 100th birthday. Consisting of documentaries, trailers and other material from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Alfred Hitchcock Collection, program is being assembled by Lynne Kirste and Michael Friend of the Academy Film Archive.

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