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Burn After Reading - Pitt and Clooney Debut at Venice Film Festival

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The popular Venice Film Festival this year started with the premiere of "Burn After Reading", a black comedy of Coen brothers, starring Hollywood stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

This year 21 movies will compete for the much desirable Golden Lion, featuring works from Turkey and even Ethiopia.

Venice Film Festival will continue with a fly-on-the-wall movie that tells about Valentino Garavani, a fashion designer. The film focuses on the world of bygone glamour. It was directed and produced by Matt Tyrnauer, who works as a special correspondent for popular contemporary American magazine for culture, fashion, and politics, Vanity Fair.

"Burn After Reading" is a movie where Pitt and Clooney play together with Tilda Swinton, a British actress who plays the adulterous wife of an ex-CIA analyst. Clooney's character is a paranoid federal marshal who gets involved in a conspiracy linked with the missing memoirs of a former CIA analyst. The conspiracy also involves the faithless wife of the analysts, and two gormless gym instructors (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand).

Prior to the premier Brad Pitt got his last year's award as the best actor for the movie entitled "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."

"You can run but you can't hide," Pitt joked while accepting the award.

The other movies that will compete for the Golden Lion, which will be awarded on September 6, include "Achilles and the Tortoise", directed by Takeshi Kitano, the animated feature entitled "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" directed by Hayao Miyasaki, "The Wrestler" a film by US director Darren Aronofsky, staring Mickey Rourke and "L'Inju: la Bete dans l'Ombre" (The Beast in the Shadows) a movie directed by French film-maker Barbet Schroeder.

Source: BBC News

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