Scripted by Bret Easton Ellis and starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, who plays a scheming movie producer in contempo Los Angeles, “The Canyons” will launch internationally from the Lido, out-of-competition, after reportedly world-preeming in a special presentation at Lincoln Center in New York in early summer day-and-date with its digital release via IFC Films.
Micro-budget pic, partly set in Malibu, is a depiction of contempo Los Angeles and young Hollywood in the so-called post-theatrical era.
Produced by Braxton Pope, pic has been financed through a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter.
“The festival is happy to offer its international public the premiere of a long-awaited film, a lucid reflection on today’s Hollywood and, at the same time, an example of a new way to produce films,” said Venice topper Alberto Barbera in a statement.
The Venice Horizons section is dedicated to films representing the latest aesthetic expressive and production trends in international cinema.
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As previously announced Bernardo Bertolucci will preside over the main Venice jury.
Like last year, the Lido fest will be a lean affair, with 18 pics in competish, 18 in Horizons, plus some out-of-competish entries and Venice Classics.
Venice will run Aug. 28-Sept. 7.