Knightley’s Atonement opens Venice festival

  • 30 August 2007

The curtain raised on the Venice Film Festival yesterday, opening with British film Atonement starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

The film, which is based on the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan, is only the second feature film from director Joe Wright, but is tipped for a strong performance at the next Oscars.

Knightly previously worked with Wright on Pride and Prejudice, for which she received an Oscar nomination for her performance as Elizabeth Bennet. She said of her latest role: “I read the script when Joe gave it to me and cried, and I think any script that makes you cry is worth pursuing.”

The festival is also expected to feature George Clooney, who stars in the thriller Michael Clayton, and Brad Pitt, who brings his western The Assassination of Jesse James.

Over the next 10 days the Venice gala, which is now in its 64th year, will also include a series of Spaghetti westerns showcased by director Quentin Tarantino.

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