Still from ‘The Master’
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(ROME-AFP) – The Venice film festival opening on the famous lagoon on Wednesday and running until September 8 will bring together the best of Hollywood as well as up-and-coming talent from around the world.

Here are the 18 contenders for the coveted Golden Lion award:

– “Apres Mai” (“Something in the air”) by Olivier Assayas: France

– “At any price” by Ramin Bahraini: Britain/USA

– “Bella Addormentata” by Marco Bellocchio: France/Italy

– “La cinquieme saison” by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth: Belgium/France/Netherlands

– “Lemale Et Ha’Chalal” (“Fill the Void”) by Rama Burshtein: Israel

– “E’ stato il figlio” by Daniele Cipri: France/Italy

– “Un Giorno Speciale” by Francesca Comencini: Italy

– “Passion” by Brian de Palma: France/Germany

– “Superstar” by Xavier Giannoli: Belgium/France

– “Pieta” by Kim Ki-duk: South Korea

– “Outrage Beyond” by Takeshi Kitano: Japan

– “Spring Breakers” by Harmony Korine: USA

– “To the Wonder” by Terrence Malick: USA

– “Sinapupunan” by Brillante Mendoza: Philippines

– “Linhas de Wellington” by Valeria Sarmiento: France/Portugal

– “Paradies: Glaube” (“Paradise: Faith”) by Ulrich Seidl: Austria/France/Germany

– “Izmena” (“Betrayal”) by Kirill Serebrennikov: Russia

– “The Master” by Paul Thomas Anderson: USA