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Bullock, Clooney Kick Off Venice Film Festival

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    Sandra Bullock and George Clooney at the premiere of their new film "Gravity" at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival held from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013.

    Sandra Bullock and George Clooney kick off the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival with "Gravity," a 3-D techno-drama set in outer space.

    Bullock and Clooney 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 stars arrived by motorboat convoy Tuesday a day ahead of their red-carpet global premier.

    Twenty films are vying for the coveted Golden Lion at the world's oldest film festival, which closes Sept. 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."