LONDON — Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” will world preem at the Venice Film Festival in competition on Sept. 1, one of four titles the fest has added to its lineup.
Venice’s announcement comes after the Weinstein Co. moved “The Master’s” U.S. release date to Sept. 14 from Oct. 12 in late July.
Though the pic’s official bow will be at the Lido, “The Master” unspooled unannounced at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica on Friday after an American Cinematheque screening of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.”
Considered an early awards contender, “The Master” stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a man who starts a faith-based system closely resembling Scientology, with Joaquin Phoenix as his right-hand man. Pic is in 70mm format.
Though not on the Lido’s lineup list at its July 26 presser, “The Master” had been tipped for a Venice bow for weeks with rumors that it would be the 18th competition entry.
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The other films unveiled on Tuesday are Ermanno Olmi and Maurizio Zaccaro’s “Come voglio che sia il mio futuro?,” which plays Out of Competition as a Special Screenings; Pasquale Scimeca’s “Convitto falcone” (Collateral Event), playing in tribute to the Italian prosecuting magistrate Giovanni Falcone, who was murdered by the Mafia in 1992; and horror film “Du hast es versprochen” (Forgotten), German director Alex Schmidt debut feature, which plays Out of Competition as a Midnight Screening.
The fest’s 69th edition will run Aug. 29 to Sept. 8.