Festival announces 79 world premieres for Venice

ROME The films are among 22 movies from 11 countries competing for the prestigious Golden Lion.

Festival director Marco Mueller told a news conference Thursday that Aronofsky's movie had knocked "The American" starring George Clooney out of the opening slot. In the end, Clooney's picture wasn't in the festival lineup and Mueller said it will instead open to U.S. audiences that day.

German director Tom Tykwer will premier his movie "Drei" and Tunisian-born director Abdellatif Kechiche will be back in Venice with "Venus Noire."

In all, 79 world premieres will be shown at Venice from Sept. 1-11.

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