“The Ides of March,” directed by George Clooney, opened Aug. 31 at the 68th annual Venice Film Festival. The political campaign drama, which is making the film festival circuit, is gearing up for a fall domestic release and possible Oscar buzz.
It’s yet another thriller with political overtones for Clooney, who starred in “Syriana” and whose behind-the-camera work includes “Good Night, and Good Luck.”
“The Ides of March” is based on Beau Willimon’s stage play “Farragut North,” with whom Clooney and Grant Heslov share writing credit.
The film focuses on up-and-coming, idealistic campaign press secretary Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) involved in a heated presidential primary with his candidate, Governor Mike Morris (Clooney). A scandal threatens to end Morris’ shot at the White House, and Meyers gets a crash course in the political game.
The Venice Film Festival screening follows the release of movie’s first clip, which features Gosling and Rachel Evan Wood in a lighter moment.
Watch two “The Ides of March” clips or click to see photos with Clooney, Gosling and other cast members.
While Gosling and Clooney are the movie’s stars, “The Ides of March” features a strong cast of supporting actors, including Wood, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei and Jeffrey Wright.
“The Ides of March” opens at movie theaters Oct. 7, 2011. First, though, it will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2011, another sure sign of the movie hopes to generate some interest for the film industry award-season.
Pittsburgh movie-goers should be able to catch the film at the AMC Loews Waterfront 22, with tickets available for online purchase at Fandango, as well as SouthSide Works Cinema and Waterworks Cinema 10.