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George Clooney to kick-off Venice
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock have arrived in Venice to kick-off the 70th edition of the film festival with Gravity, a 3-D techno-drama set in outer space.
The pair play astronauts adrift in space after debris from a destroyed space station takes out their shuttle in the Alfonso Cuaron film, which opens the festival out of competition on Wednesday.
The Hollywood stars arrived by motorboat convoy on Wednesday, a day ahead of their red-carpet global premiere.
Twenty films are vying for the coveted Golden Lion at the world's oldest film festival, which closes on September 7.
The jury is headed by Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci.
Golden Lion contenders include Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem, Peter Landesman's Parkland and Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves.