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Daily Briefing. Venice Rankings and Early Awards; New Projectorhead

Favorites are emerging from the Venice slate. Projectorhead features Adrian Martin on Sergio Leone. Michel Gondry returns to France.

While we wait to see how Darren Aronofsky's jury will divvy up the Lions in Venice this evening, a big batch of autonomous organizations and critics associations such as FIPRESCI have already handed out their awards … Diego Lerer and Neil Young rank the films they've seen in Venice … Gautam Valluri introduces the new, fourth issue of Projectorhead, featuring Adrian Martin on Sergio Leone, Anuj Malhotra on Bong Joon-ho, Kaz Rahman on Emir Kusturica, interviews with Kumar Shahani and cinematographer Martin Ruhe and more … Michel Gondry returns to France for The Foam of Days, with Audrey Tautou, Léa Seydoux, Romain Duris and Jamel DebbouzeArnaud des Pallières's Michael Kohlhaas will feature Mads Mikkelsen and Bruno Ganz … But the most controversial project in the works has to be Mel Gibson's biopic based on the life of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee — with a screenplay by Joe Eszterhas, no less.

Image: Sergio Leone has a word or two with James Coburn on the set of Duck, You Sucker, aka A Fistful of Dynamite (1971). For news and tips throughout the day every day, follow @thedailyMUBI on Twitter and/or the RSS feed.

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