From 31 August to 10 September the lights will be turned on at the 68th International Venice Film Festival, the longest standing film festival in the world that will this year, once again, make a contribution towards increasing the awareness and knowledge for international cinema in all its forms and ideas.This edition will be opened by George Clooneys new film The Ides of March, written and directed by the actor himself. This is the fourth film directed by Clooney who has become an important director, screenwriter and producer after a career as an acclaimed actor. His second film Goodnight, and Good Luck received six Oscar nominations and five Golden Globes and also won the Golden Osella and the Coppa Volpi Awards at the 62nd Venice Film Festival.In order to stand a chance of winning the Golden Lion, Clooney and the other directors, will have to present their films to the attention of a particularly renowned jury chair, the American film director and screenplay writer Darren Aronofsky, winner of the 65th Venice Film Festival Golden Lion with the film The Wrestler, who has recently enjoyed great international acclaim thanks to its latest production Black Swan and is considered by the magazine Cahiers du Cinema the leader of the new generation of directors.Entry to the exhibition is free and there will be 21 films shown here for the first time. The evenings of the exhibition will also include a special section called OFF dedicated to young new artists. The exhibition will also include awards and prizes to renowned artists who have made special contributions to the history of cinema. One of the best known guests of this years edition will be the great actor and director Al Pacino who will receive the special prize Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmaker 2011, dedicated to those artists who have made an outstanding contribution to contemporary cinema. Another important award will be given to Marco Bellocchio, one of the most influential representatives of Italian cinema, who will receive the 2011 Golden Lion for Life Achievement.