• Whenever a major international film festival announces its lineup, we keep our eyes peeled for fresh projects from our favorite filmmakers. New titles by two Criterion-embraced guys will be in competition at the sixty-seventh annual Venice Film Festival, it was revealed today: the first feature by Two-Lane Blacktop’s Monte Hellman in more than two decades, which bears the very Hellman-esque title Road to Nowhere and is reportedly a noirish tale of murder and moviemaking; and Abdellatif Kechiche’s much-anticipated follow-up to The Secret of the Grain, Black Venus, a biography of Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman, a South African woman who became a freak-show attraction in nineteenth-century Europe.

    Of course, as with any festival, selections outside of the main competition are just as promising: Catherine Breillat (Fat Girl) introduces her latest fairy-tale interpretation, Sleeping Beauty; Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket) returns with Sorelle Mai; Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones present their documentary on Elia Kazan, A Letter to Elia; and Hard Boiled’s John Woo blasts back with Reign of Assassins, an action epic set in ancient China and codirected by Chao-bin Su. Coming soon: New York and Toronto!

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