Coens to premiere new spy comedy at Venice fest

Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:04am EDT
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By Eric J. Lyman

ROME (Hollywood Reporter) - Joel and Ethan Coen's "Burn After Reading," the duo's follow-up to their Oscar-winning drama "No Country for Old Men," will have its world premiere as the opener of the summer's Venice Film Festival.

The dark spy comedy stars John Malkovich as an ousted CIA operative whose memoirs fall into the hands of two gym workers who set out to exploit their find. The film also stars George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Brad Pitt.

The screening will follow the opening ceremony for the 65th edition of the Venice event on August 27. The festival runs through September 6.

"Burn After Reading" will open in North America on September 12.

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<p>Director Ethan Coen (L) answer a reporter's question, as his brother Joel Coen stands nearby at the 60th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Century City, California, January 26, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>