Venice Film Fest 2006: Premieres

Rome, July 23, 2006–The world premiere of Brian De Palma's James Ellroy adaptation “The Black Dahlia” will open the 63rd Venice Film Festival in competition on August 30.

Based on the 1947 L.A. murder of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short and focusing on the investigation by two former boxers turned cops, “Black Dahlia” stars Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank and Josh Hartnett, all expected to make the Lido tubthumping trek.

Largely shot in Bulgaria, the film was produced by Art Linson, Rudy Cohen, Moshe Diamant and Avi Lerner. Universal will release it September 15 Stateside.

“Black Dahlia” is De Palma's fifth picture at the Lido, where “Blow Out,” “The Untouchables” and “Raising Cain” previously premiered.

The Venice Horizons section will open with “Infamous,” the Douglas McGrath-helmed Truman Capote biopicture. It will be interesting to see the critics and public reaction to the second film in a year about the celeb journalist, following the Oscar-winning “Capote.”