Hollywood heavyweights Sandra Bullock and George Clooney will open the Venice film festival next month with their new movie Gravity where they play two astronauts on an ill-fated mission.
The thriller by cult Mexican film director Alfonso Cuaron will be shown in 3D on the first day of the festival on August 28, organisers of the yearly film industry gathering said in a statement.
The festival on the Venice Lido runs until September 7.
Cuaron is no stranger to Venice, where he won two awards in 2001 with his film Y tu mama tambien -- best scenario and best young male talent for its two heroes Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.
Venice does not usually start with a science-fiction work, the last time was in 2000 with “Space Cowboys” helmed by Clint Eastwood.
Cuaron is one of the most celebrated directors of his generation. His debut movie in 1991, Solo Con Tu Pareja, a dark comedy starring Daniel Giménez Cacho and Claudia Ramírez, was the biggest box-office hit in Mexico in 1992. Cuaron made his first American feature in 1995, a charming children’s fable, A Little Princess. This was followed by an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations in 1998 with Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Anne Bancroft and Ethan Hawke enriching the screen, each with a superb performance. In 2003, Cuaron made Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third in the series of phenomenally successful adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s novels; Rowling herself named Cuarón’s movie as her personal favourite in the series. In a canvas of amazingly varied styles and themes, Cuaron now comes with Gravity.
(With inputs from Gautaman Bhaskaran)