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Rappoport to host Venice fest

Fest will screen Coen's 'Burn After Reading'

Rising Russian star Kseniya Rappoport will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 65th Venice Film Festival, which kicks off Aug. 27 with Joel and Ethan Coen’s spy comedy “Burn After Reading.”

Rappoport, 34, has a wide Italo fan base thanks to her role as a prostitute-turned-cleaning lady in Giuseppe Tornatore’s dark drama “The Unknown,” which swept the country’s 2007 David di Donatello nods and earned her best actress laurels.

Thesp drew actress kudos at the Sochi Open Russian Film Festival in June for her role as an opera diva in helmer Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Yuri’s Day,” unspooling at the Locarno Film Festival.

She is presently filming Italo box office champ Giovanni Veronesi’s comedy “Italians.”

“Burn After Reading,” which stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton, will bow out of competition on the Lido, with key talent in tow, ahead of its U.S. release Sept. 12 via Universal Pictures.

Meanwhile, Lido organizers have also announced that the fest’s shorts competition will kick off Sept. 1 with Natalie Portman’s directorial debut “Eve.”

The fest’s closing ceremony will be Sept. 6, followed by a screening of a restored copy of helmer-scribe Tito Schipa Jr.’s 1973 Italo rock opera “Orfeo 9,” in which he also appeared.

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