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Birdman by Alejandro G. Iñárritu opens the 71st Venice Film Festival


- The new film by the Mexican director is played by Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts. The world premiere will be screened following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri

Birdman by Alejandro G. Iñárritu opens the 71st Venice Film Festival
Birdman by Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Amores perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful [+see also:
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), with Michael Keaton, will open the 71st Venice Film Festival (27 August – 6 September 2014) directed by Alberto Barbera.The world premiere will be screened, in Competition, on the evening of 27 August in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema in Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri.

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In the cast with Michael Keaton are Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. The film is a Fox Searchlight Pictures / New Regency distribution of a New Regency / M Productions / Le Grisbi production.

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a black comedy that tells the tale of a fading actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for playing an iconic superhero – faced with the difficulties and unexpected events involved in producing a Broadway show that is supposed to re-launch his success. In the days preceding the opening night, he battles with his ego and desperately tries to save his family, career and himself. 

The film is written by Alejandro Iñárritu with Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo. Theproducers are Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole. The credits also include Director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity [+see also:
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, The Tree of Life, Children of Men), production designer Kevin Thompson (The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton) and music is composed by Antonio Sanchez.

Birdman will be released in North America on 17 October and in international territories at the beginning of 2015.

(Translated from Italian)

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