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Pacino, Dafoe for Venice Film Fest

Al Pacino and Willem Dafoe are headed to the 2014 Venice Film Festival.

Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern and Ethan Hawke could also make appearances at this year's event, which features films tackling topics from the financial crisis to drone warfare.

Pacino is in two films which will be screening at the festival including David Gordon Green's Texan drama Manglehorn, starring the Scarface actor and Holly Hunter, which is in competition, and Barry Levinson's erotic drama The Humbling, which is showing out of competition.

Organisers have announced a 20-strong competition line-up that includes Ramin Bahrani's subprime mortgage drama 99 Homes with Garfield and Dern, and Andrew Niccol's The Good Kill, starring Hawke as a dissatisfied drone operator.

Other films competing for the Golden Lion include Abel Ferrara's Pasolini starring Dafoe as the taboo-breaking Italian filmmaker and The Cut by Turkish-German director Fatih Akin, with leading man Tahar Rahim.

Films screening out of competition include The Boxtrolls, starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Simon Pegg, James Franco's new film The Sound And The Fury, which he also directed, and Peter Bogdanovich's comedy She's Funny That Way, with Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.

The 71st Venice film festival will open on August 27 with the premiere of Alejandro Inarritu's Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) and will close on September 6 with Ann Hui's The Golden Era, a tale of Japanese imperialism in China.

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