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Inarritu's Birdman opens Venice

Michael Keaton's performance in Birdman has been called "the comeback of the century" as the movie opened the Venice Film Festival.

The former Batman plays an over-the-hill action star struggling to recover a sense of self-worth by putting on a heavyweight Broadway play in the movie, which was directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

The film had its first screening for journalists ahead of an evening gala attended by the director and stars Michael, Edward Norton and Emma Stone.

The Daily Telegraph called it "grand, spectacular, star-powered cinema" while Variety labelled Michael's performance "the comeback of the century".

The movie is one of 20 competing for the Golden Lion at the festival, which runs until September 6.

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