After a rollercoaster of back-and-forth, today the Venice Film Festival confirmed "The Master" is indeed set to play in competition in 70mm, of course. (via @ThePlaylist)
La Biennale di Venezia/ 69th Venice International Film Festival
4 new titles join the roster of the 69th Venice Film Festival · The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson 18th film in Competition (in 70 mm)
Four new titles have been added to enrich the programme of the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September) directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. The Master, the highly anticipated new film by American director Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There will be blood) will be the 18th film in Competition at Venice 69th.
The Master will be screened in 70 mm in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema) on September 1st at 7.00 p.m., in the presence of the director and of the official delegation. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, David Warshofsky and Rami Malek. Paul Thomas Anderson is the 12th director (out of 18films) participating this year for the first time in the Competition of the Venice Film Festival, along with Olivier Assayas, Ramin Baharani, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, Rama Burshtein, Daniele Ciprì, Xavier Giannoli, Harmony Korine, Terrence Malick, Valeria Sarmiento, Kirill Serebrennikov.Update 8/9: The Venice Film Festival site, which had originally listed the running time as 150 minutes, now appears to have been revised with the correct running time of 137 minutes. 2 hours 17 minutes makes more sense with earlier reports. For reference TWBB: 158 min, PDL: 95 min, MAG: 189 min, BOOGIE: 156 min, H8: 102 min. (via @StoxPictures)
The LA Times also wrote up a short piece about that screening featuring quotes from several lucky audience members who were there.
Still waiting on TIFF to confirm the film has officially joined the lineup but that should be coming shortly.
And we're still looking for 70mm capable theatres as possible venues for showing the film that Paul & The Weinstein Company may not be aware of. We're aware of the lists that are out there but they are for the most part, out of date, but if you think you can help please head on over to that page for more details.
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