Michael Moore's film on the financial crisis and the directorial debut of US fashion designer Tom Ford will compete for the Golden Lion award at this year's Venice film festival, organisers said Thursday.
"It's one of the most surprising and strongest selections," the event's director Marco Muller told reporters in Rome.
Twenty four films will compete for the festival's top prize, including Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" and Ford's "A Single Man", based on Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel.
In all more than 80 films will be presented at the festival.
The jury for the 66th festival, which will run from September 2-12, will be chaired by Taiwanese film-maker Ang Lee, the Oscar-winning director of "Brokeback Mountain."
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