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Venice Film Festival: Birdman leads gala line-up

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Birdman will head this year's line-up for the Venice Film Festival, which has been announced by organisers.

The film, starring Batman’s Michael Keaton and Fight Club’s Edward Norton, and made by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, will open the gala with its world premiere on 27 August.

Other movies vying for the Golden Lion award include Andrew Niccol's Good Kill and Abel Ferrera's film about Italian director Paolo Passolini.

The festival runs in the Italian city from 27 August to 6 September.

The competition features a selection of cinematic work from around the world, which will be shown to public audiences for the first time.

New films from Turkish director Fatih Akin and Sweden's Roy Andersson are among the line-up, with a variety of titles from France and Italy.

Other movies from Hollywood's stall to be competitors at the festival include Manglehorn, which stars Al Pacino, while Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes features British actor Andrew Garfield.

Birdman also features British actresses Andrea Riseborough and Naomi Watts.

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