The Venice Film Festival just announced its lineup and it includes a balanced combination of hot names and promising lesser-knowns. Here are some highlights:

Stop-motion animated Anomalisa was co-written by Charlie Kaufmann (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation) and Dan Harman (Community), and directed by Duke Johnson. The story follows a man struggling with his inability to connect with other people.

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Whitey Bulger biopic black mass is directed by Johnny Depp.

Martin Scorsese's short film The Audition starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro is actually a commercial for two Asian mega-casinos.

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Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Everest features Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, and Clive Standen. The Universal film will open Venice on September 2, out-of-competition.

Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Slash is a psychological thriller about a celebrity couple (Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton) vacationing on the Italian island of Pantelleria.

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Other highlights include Tom McCarthy's Spotlight featuring Michael Keaton (his first appearance since Birdman), and Noah Baumbach's documentary De Palma. Promising titles also include Argentinian Pablo Trapero's crime film The Clan, and Gitai's Rabin, the Last Day, a drama about the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

To view the entire list, go here.

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