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‘Tree of Life’ absent from Venice lineup

TreeOfLife_boffo While it still has a shot at closing this year’s Venice Film Festival, Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” was notably absent from today’s lineup.

The Apparition pic, which stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, wasn’t finished in time for the Cannes Film Festival this past May and had been anticipated to bow at one of the major festivals this fall. Word has it the film isn’t even done yet, which explains why we haven’t seen it listed in the Toronto, Venice or New York lineups.

Still, Venice organizers are scheduled to announce the fest’s closing film on September 6 and you can bet your wallet they’re saving a slot for Malick’s “Tree.”

“The Tree of Life,” starring Pitt, Penn and Jessica Chastain, tells the tragic story of a family deal with loss in the 1950s.

Heath Ledger was originally supposed to star opposite Penn in the film but Pitt stepped in shortly before the actor’s death in December 2007.

“The Tree of Life” opens nationwide November 20.

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