September 13, 2011 09:00 ET

The 68th Venice International Film Festival Set to Honor Al Pacino With Glory to the Filmmaker Award Has Full Coverage of the Oldest Film Festival in the World, Which Will Screen Films From George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, and Roman Polanski

VENICE, ITALY--(Marketwire - Sep 13, 2011) - The 68th Venice International Film Festival has commenced, and has full coverage of the countless artists, producers, filmmakers, actors, studio executives, and directors that have congregated en masse. The festival has always attracted a collection of the world's most talented names in cinema, and this year is certainly no exception. George Clooney, Colin Firth, and Steven Soderbergh are among the A-listers with films on tap at the festival which began on August 31 and culminates on September 10.

The Venice Film Festival -- the oldest film festival in the world -- aims to raise the level of consciousness about international cinema. 22 films are in contention this year for the coveted Golden Lion Award (Il Leone d'Oro), the highest prize given each year to a film at the festival, which last year went to Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere."

Al Pacino, whose film "Wild Salome" premiered at the festival, will be receiving the Glory to the Filmmaker Award, honoring his long and illustrious career both in front of and behind the camera. According to, Pacino will then be the Guest of Honor at the soirée hosted by Venetian designer Angelo Galasso. spotted actors Gary Oldman, and Eli Roth in attendance. Actor Gary Oldman attended screenings of Colin Firth's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." Eli Roth was among those in attendance for George Clooney's new political thriller "The Ides of March," whose all-star cast features Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Also spotted at the festival was noted business mogul, author, and actor Eric Schiffer, who attended Madonna's "W.E.," which portrays the relationship between American divorcée Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII of Britain, who abdicated the throne in 1936. Perhaps most anticipated is the new film from celebrated, controversial French-Polish director Roman Polanski. "Carnage" stars Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, and John C. Reilly.