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London's Starring Role in Venice

Date posted: 31.08.2007

The Venice Film Festival (running until 8 September) opens this week featuring two London-shot films amongst an array of British talent.

The festival opens with Atonement by director Joe Wright. The film, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, is an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel and is a very much anticipated release.

Shot in London and throughout the UK, Atonement re-creates scenes from WW11. This is Wright’s second time as director - his first film, Pride and Prejudice, achieved critical acclaim.

London also stars in Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream starring Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell. The film is out of competition and is the story of two brothers who turn to crime with disastrous consequences.

There are four British directors in competition this year, including: Kenneth Branagh's new thriller Sleuth, which stars Sir Michael Caine and Jude Law; Ken Loach’s It’s a Free World; and Peter Greenaway’s Nightwatching.

The winners of best film, director, actor and actress will be unveiled at the festival's climax on 8 September.

Find out more about the Venice Film Festival.

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