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Ahead of the Golden Lion awards in Venice on Saturday, here is a list of the 20 films in the running for the top prize at the world's oldest film festival:
-- Merzak Allouache's "Es-Stouh" (The Rooftops), about the violence of ordinary life on rooftop terraces in an Algeria racked with unemployment.
-- Gianni Amelio's "L'Intrepido", a tale of an unemployed father in Italy and his willingness to do any job going in order to survive.
-- Alexandros Avranas's "Miss Violence", in which an 11-year-old's suicide leads social services to look behind an apparent picture of familial harmony.
-- John Curran's "Tracks", which tells the true tale of Robyn Davidson's trek across the Australian desert with only a dog and four camels for company.
-- Emma Dante's "A Street in Palermo", about an intense staring duel between two women, drawing the whole neighbourhood in on the drama.
-- Xavier Dolan's "Tom on the Farm", in which a man travels to the countryside to attend his boyfriend's funeral and discovers no one knew he existed.
-- James Franco's "Child of God", a tale of necrophilia in which a lonely man who lives in a cave murders women to have sex with their dead bodies.
-- Stephen Frears's "Philomena", starring Judi Dench, which tells the true story of a woman's search for her son after he is given up for adoption by nuns.
-- Philippe Garrel's "Jealousy", where a father who leaves his wife for another woman is abandoned in return, leading him to attempt suicide.
-- Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem", the story of a lonely man's quest to find the meaning of life in a society plagued by modern communications.
-- Amos Gitai's "Ana Arabia", which looks at inter-religious relationships and life in a small community of Jews and Arabs in Israel.
-- Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin", starring Scarlett Johansson, in which she plays a man-eating alien who hunts her victims on the streets of Glasgow.
-- David Gordon Green's "Joe", starring Nicolas Cage as an ex-con who tries to redeem himself for past sins by saving a young boy from an alcoholic father.
-- Philip Groning's "The Police Officer's Wife", a series of episodes which explore a mother's struggle to protect her child from domestic violence.
-- Peter Landesman's "Parkland", which recounts the assassination of John F. Kennedy through the eyes of the hospital staff who tried to save him.
-- Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises", an animated portrait of Japan between the two World Wars with a young protagonist who yearns to design aeroplanes.
-- Errol Morris's "The Unknown Known", an interview with former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld who wriggles out of straight answers on the Iraq war.
-- Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves", about radical environmentalists who plot to blow up a hydroelectric dam but are unprepared for the consequences.
-- Gianfranco Rosi's "Holy GRA", a documentary which looks into the everyday lives of families and individuals living off Rome's giant GRA ring road.
-- Tsai Ming-liang's "Stray Dogs", the story of a homeless father who earns a meagre living as a human billboard while his children wander Taipei's streets.