Stars land in Venice for fiendish film fest
VENICE, Veneto (AFP) - The Venice film festival kicks off on Wednesday with the arrival of movie stars on water taxis for a dark line-up flush with fiendish tales of abuse, betrayal and survival.
The world's oldest film festival opens with Gravity, a 3-D sci-fi thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts who are flung into deep space when a debris shower destroys their shuttle.
Other premieres are Parkland, Peter Landesman's re-creation of John F. Kennedy's assassination and David Gordon Green's brutal Joe with Nicholas Cage as a violent ex-con who teams up with a homeless teen.
"This festival draws its strength from the risks it takes," this year's jury president, Oscar-winning Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, said at a canalside cocktail party on the eve of the opening ceremony.