Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’ entered in Venice Film Festival competition

By Daniel S Levine,

Anticipation for The Master, director Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama on a religious cult, continues to climb. The film’s release date was recently moved up to next month and has been finally confirmed to be the 18th film entered into competition at the Venice Film Festival.

On July 26, Venice film Festival officials announced that there would be just 17 films in competition and many were surprised that The Master was not one of them.

However, Variety confirmed Tuesday that the film will have its world premiere in Venice on Sept. 1. It will be among the films competing for the Golden Lion during the 69th edition of the festival.

The announcement comes just days after Anderson surprised an audience at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica by showing The Master after a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

The Weinstein Company is distributing the film and recently announced that the film will get a limited opening in New York and LA on Sept. 14, before going wide on Sept. 21. It originally wasn’t set to be released until October. They also released a new poster and a trailer, which you can see below.

The Master stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams. It is Anderson’s first film since 2007’s There Will Be Blood.

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