(CBS/AP) Americans Brian De Palma and Terrence Malick are among 17 directors competing for the top prize at this year's Venice Film Festival, a lean selection compared with recent editions.
Film festival director Alberto Barbera announced the official selection of films that will compete for the coveted Golden Lion during the 69th edition running from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8.
Included in the festival is De Palma's sexy thriller "Passion" with Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, as well as Malick's romantic film "To the Wonder," which also stars McAdams, along with Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz and Javier Bardem. And the movie, "Spring Breakers," starring Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, will screen at the festival.
"Passion" marks DePalma's first feature film since "Redacted," which won Venice's award for best direction in 2007.
Four U.S. directors are vying for the top prize, along with three Italians. Otherwise, the broad field includes films from France, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.
Recent editions have seen more than 20 films in competition.
There will be several films appearing outside the competition, too, including Jonathan Demme's "Enzo Avitabile Music Life," Spike Lee's "Bad 25," a documentary about Michael Jackson and a new film by Robert Redford called "The Company You Keep."