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Thursday, 31st July 2008
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Three Japanese directors to compete at Venice Film Festival

The work of three Japanese film directors have been chosen to compete in this year's Venice Film Festival, it has been announced.

It is a rare occurrence for three films to be represented at the annual festival, reports the Daily Yomiuri Online.

The films are Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Gake no Ue no Ponyo) by Hayao Miyazaki, The Sky Crawlers (Sukai Kurora) by Mamoru Oshii and Achilles and the Tortoise (Akiresu to Kame) by Takeshi Kitano.

Now in its 65th year, the Venice Film Festival takes place on Lido Island in Venice and opens on August 27th.

Mr Miyazaki commented: "Lido Island is a beautiful place. I'm very pleased to have another chance to win a prize."

Organised by the Venice Biennale, the Venice Film Festival, concludes of September 6th. The first film ever to be show at the event was Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Rouben Mamoulian in 1932.

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