Date: 19th June 2007

Knightley film to kick off Venice

Keira Knightley's forthcoming film Atonement has been chosen to open this year's Venice Film Festival.

The adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel, also starring Vanessa Redgrave and James McAvoy, will be a contender for the event's top prize, the Golden Lion.

Atonement is the second release from UK director Joe Wright, 35, who worked with Knightley on Pride & Prejudice.

The world premiere of the film, a tale of love and war, will be attended by Knightley, 22, in Venice on 29 August.

Source: Press Release