Lido plants ‘Dahlia’

De Palma pic to kick off Venice festival

ROME — The world preem of Brian De Palma’s James Ellroy adaptation “The Black Dahlia” will open the 63rd Venice Film Festival in competition on Aug. 30.

Based on the 1947 L.A. murder of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short and focusing on the investigation by two former boxers turned cops, “Dahlia” stars Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank and Josh Hartnett, all expected to make the Lido tubthumping trek.

Largely shot in Bulgaria, pic was produced by Art Linson, Rudy Cohen, Moshe Diamant and Avi Lerner. U will release it Sept. 15 Stateside.

Italo release will be in October via pubcaster RAI’s 01 distribution arm.

Venice artistic topper Marco Muller played up De Palma’s close rapport with the fest. “Dahlia” is De Palma’s fifth pic at the Lido, where “Blow Out,” “The Untouchables” and “Raising Cain” preemed.

The Venice Horizons section will open with “Infamous,” the Douglas McGrath-helmed Truman Capote biopic.

The full lineup for the 11-day fest will be announced Thursday.

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