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Versatile Viggo Mortensen speaks French in ‘Far From Men’

Actor Viggo Mortensen poses for portraits during the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. AP

Is there a language Viggo Mortensen doesn’t speak? The multilingual Danish-American actor has performed in everything from English to Elvish. Now he tackles French — as well the power of silence — in Venice Film Festival entry “Far From Men,” a stark story about two men, a schoolteacher and a murderer, caught up in Algeria’s war for independence.

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’99 Homes’ brings US subprime crisis to Venice

From left, actor Andrew Garfield, director Ramin Bahrani and actor Michael Shannon pose for photographers during a photo call for the movie 99 Homes at the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. AP

Florida’s realtors and tourism authorities will probably not be using “99 Homes” in their promotional material.

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Owen Wilson in Venice with ‘She’s Funny That Way’

From left, actress Kathryn Hahn, director Peter Bogdanovich, and actor Owen Wilson pose during the photo call for the movie She's Funny That Way at the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. AP

Movies — they don’t make ‘em like they used to. Well, Peter Bogdanovich does. The director, part of a generation that injected grit into American cinema in the 1970s, revives the froth and fun of classic screwball comedies with his latest film, “She’s Funny That Way.”

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Pierce Brosnan back as spy in new action thriller

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Former 007 star Pierce Brosnan returns to the world of guns and spies in “The November Man,” an action thriller that pits his character against his former CIA bosses, with explosive effect.

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5 things to watch for at the Venice Film Festival

Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera poses for photographers on the jetty of a hotel in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The 71st edition of the festival opens on Wednesday, Aug. 27th and runs until Sept. 6. AP

It has Al Pacino and zombie girlfriends, Owen Wilson and Lars von Trier.

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