Venice festival opens with Atonement

Venice, Aug 30 | Updated: Aug 31 2007, 05:05am hrs
The Venice film festival opened on Wednesday with Atonement, an adaptation of Ian McEwans acclaimed novel about a girl whose fertile imagination leads her to make a false accusation that has tragic consequences.

The movie, starring British actress Keira Knightley, is the first of 22 entries in the festivals main competition, and was screened to the press ahead of the evening red carpet premiere. For 11 days the Lido waterfront will be home to hundreds of journalists there for the films and to follow the stars as they promote their pictures and party into the early hours.

Knightley wore an empire-style full-length ivory dress and a pink belt for the gala screening, which officially launched the 64th edition of the worlds oldest movie contest.

In Atonement, she reunites with up-and-coming British director Joe Wright after they collaborated on Pride and Prejudice, in which the actress played Elizabeth Bennet.