Before being featured at the Toronto Film Festival, The Ides of March, George Clooney’s political drama, opened the Venice Film Festival last week. Clooney produced, directed, cowrote (with Grant Heslov) and stars in the film, alongside Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Evan Rachel Wood. The adaptation of Beau Willimon’s Broadway play Farragut North follows political candidate Governor Mike Morris (Clooney), and Stephen Meyers (Gosling), his young press secretary who falls prey to dirty backroom politics. Thus far, the reviews for The Ides of March have been very favorable: Time Out New York noted, “There’s a pleasing sense of a cast working together for the cause"; The Telegraph said, “It engages the brain within the context of a solid entertainment"; and Entertainment Weekly said, “We now have the first sure-thing Best Picture nominee on our hands.”
The Ides of March airs on Friday, Sept. 9 at Roy Thomson Hall at 9:30 p.m.