full list of movies playing on MRQE.
Opening the festival is Darron Aronofsky's (Pi, Requiem for a Dream), Black Swan. The dark thriller is one of 22 movies vying for the festival's top prize, the Golden Lion. Aronofsky's previous entry, The Wrestler--which went on to earn lead actor Mickey Rourke an Oscar nomination--won the Golden Lion in 2008. Sofia Coppola's drama Somewhere is also up for the award.
Other notable films include Monte Hellman's low-budget Road to Nowhere; Essential Killing, from Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, which stars Vincent Gallo; and Miral starring Freida Pinto. All are up for the main award.
Films opening that are not playing in competition include, Ben Affleck's The Town (opening wide later this month), Affleck's brother Casey doc, I'm Still Here (which follows Joaquin Phoenix's turn from acting to rapping--also releasing this month), plus Robert Rodriguez's Machete (releasing wide this Friday), had a special midnight viewing earlier this morning.
The Golden Lion will be announced on closing day, Sept. 11.