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Venice Film Festival to showcase global talent and potential Oscar contenders

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Suburbicon also vying for Golden Lion

Matt Damon, left, a cast member in the upcoming film "Suburbicon," addresses the audience with director George Clooney during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The upcoming Venice Film Festival will be rife with global talent, world premieres and potential Oscar contenders, according to the lineup unveiled by festival Director Alberto Barbera on Thursday in Rome.

Suburbicon, starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, tells the story of  a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns …the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This will be a world premier and is also in line for Golden Lion award.

World premieres include Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” with Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, “The Shape of Water” by Guillermo del Toro, and “Human Flow”, a Germany-US co-production of a documentary on the refugee crisis.

China is represented in competition by director Vivian Qu’s “Jia Nian Hua (Angels Wear White)”, a Chinese-French co-production starring Wen Qi, Zhou Meijun, Shi Ke, Geng Le, Liu Weiwei, and Peng Jing.

Italy is fielding “The Leisure Seeker” by Paolo Virzi, starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, and “Una Famiglia (A Family)” by Sebastiano Riso.

The opening night film is “Downsizing”, a science fiction comedy by Alexander Payne and starring Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, and Laura Dern.

Also vying for the Golden Lion this year will be “First Reformed” by Paul Schrader and “Ex Libris”, a documentary on the New York Public Library by legendary 87-year-old filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

The jury is led by American actress Annette Bening.

The 74th edition of the festival takes place in Venice from August 30 to September 9