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Stars arrive for the Venice Film Festival

12:04am IST - 01:11

The cast of the new film ''Birdman'' prepare to premiere their movie at the world's oldest film festival. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A-list stars disembarked at Venice's Lido on Wednesday (August 27) ahead of the much-anticipated world premiere of "Birdman" by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, which opens the 71st Venice Film Festival. The actresses of the movie, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough and Amy Ryan arrived in one boat, followed by lead actor Michael Keaton, his co-star Edward Norton and their director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu shortly after. After signing autographs, Inarritu said he was very happy with the reaction so far to the movie, adding he was "happy" and "privileged" to be able to premiere it at Venice, while Keaton appeared content after being informed of initially positive reviews of the film. Although it is the world's oldest film festival and perhaps the most glamorous, with stars chauffeured to the red carpet on Lido Island by motorboat water taxis instead of limousines, it struggles, a bit like the city, to keep its head above water. As well as "Birdman", 19 other films are in the main competition, including "Manglehorn" starring Al Pacino, "Good Kill" with Ethan Hawke as a disillusioned military drone pilot and Fatih Akin's "The Cut" with Tahar Rahim, star of Jacques Audiard's 2009 thriller "A Prophet". The world's oldest film festival runs to September 6 with jury president Alexandre Desplat heading a judging panel that includes British actor Tim Roth, Palestinian director Elia Suleiman and Italian actor Carlo Verdone.

Stars arrive for the Venice Film Festival

12:04am IST - 01:11

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