The 71st edition of the Venice International Film Festival
will open on August 27 with Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman or The Virtue of Ignorance. It stars Michael Keaton along with Edward Nortan, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.
Inarritu caught international attention and garnered immense acclaim with his Babel in the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Excellently crafted, the movie unfolds in four different countries – Mexico, America, Japan and Morocco – to culminate neatly in Africa. Many Indian films tried to copy the format, but rather unsuccessfully. Inarritu’s Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Beautiful also clinched honours.
Birdman is a black comedy that weaves the tale of an actor (essayed by Keaton) – renowned for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to the opening night, he tries to get over his ego and get his family and career back on track.
Inarritu is no stranger to Venice. His 21 Grams – which interweaves several plots around the tragedy of a car accident -- got Sean Penn the Best Actor Coppa Volpi in the 2003 Venice Festival. In 2007, the director was part of the international competition jury at Venice.
The Festival will take place on Lido, off mainland Venice, and will close on September 6. (Gautaman Bhaskaran will cover the Venice International Film Festival this year)