THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 19, 2019 at 12:15 JST
LOS ANGELES--The 76th Venice Film Festival is opening with Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "The Truth."
Festival director Alberto Barbera announced the selection starring Catherine Deneuve, Ethan Hawke and Juliette Binoche in a statement Thursday.
This is the first time in years that Venice has not started with a Hollywood film. Recent openers have included "First Man" and "La La Land."
"The Truth" features Deneuve as a French movie star who reunites with her daughter and son-in-law after publishing her memoirs. The director said the small family story takes place primarily inside a house.
The film will premiere on the Lido in competition on Aug. 28.
"The Truth" is the Palme d'Or-winning director's first film to be made outside of Japan. He directed last year's Oscar-nominated drama "Shoplifters."
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