'Birdman' to open Venice Film Festival

'Birdman' to open Venice Film Festival

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 31: Actor Michael Keaton arrives to the premiere of HBO Films' "Clear History" at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on July 31, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - Alejandro Inarritu's "Birdman," starring Michael Keaton, will open the 71st Venice Film Festival.
    
Festival organizers announced Thursday that the film, whose full title is "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," will premiere Aug. 27 at the annual Italian festival.
    
In the black comedy, Keaton plays an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero who is trying to mount a Broadway play. The movie also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.
    
Inarritu's previous movies include "Babel," ''Amores Perros" and "21 Grams."
    
One of the most anticipated films of the fall, Fox Searchlight will release "Birdman" in North America on Oct. 17.
    
The Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 27 through Sept. 6.

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