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Birdman to open Venice Film Fest

Michael Keaton's new film Birdman, directed by Alejandro Inarritu is to open the 71st Venice Film Festival.

Festival organisers have announced that the film, whose full title is Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, will premiere on August 27 at the annual Italian festival.

In the black comedy, former Batman star Keaton plays an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero who is trying to mount a Broadway play. The movie also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.

Inarritu's previous films include Babel, Amores Perro and 21 Grams.

One of the most anticipated movies of the fall, Fox Searchlight will release Birdman in the US on October 17.

The Venice Film Festival runs from August 27 until September 6.

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