Wednesday, August 31, 2011

By Daily Mail Reporter

Belle of the ball: Cindy Crawford dazzles on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival as she steps out in sparkling red gown

She is not a film star, but Cindy Crawford who stole the show today as she walked the red carpet at the opening ceremony for the Venice Film Festival. .

The 45-year-old supermodel wowed the crowd in a stunning vibrant red gown with an asymmetric neckline and flowing floor length skirt

Still got it: The 45-year-old supermodel came out to support the Ides Of March directed by her friend George Clooney

The man of the night: George Clooney's film The Ides Of March opened the festival

She paired the sparkling gown with red peep toe stilettos, diamond jewellery and a ruby coloured clutch.

Cindy, along with her husband of thirteen years, Rande Gerber, stepped out to support their friend George Clooney,whose movie The Ides Of March was premiering as part of the Venice Film Festivals opening ceremony.

The pair have been staying with George in the run up to the festival at his Lake Como villa.

The Ides of March, a political drama, is among 23 films - five from Hollywood - vying for the coveted Golden Lion, which will be awarded September 10.

The jury will be headed by American director Darren Aronofsky, a two-time Golden Lion winner whose "Black Swan" was launched to huge Oscar success after opening in Venice last year.

The film tells the story of an ambitious campaign press secretary, played by Ryan Gosling, who gets swept up in a political scandal in the last frantic days of a heavily contested primary race.

Handsome date: Cindy was accompanied by her husband of 13-years Rande Gerber

It also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti as rival campaign managers, is adapted from the play "Farragut North" by Beau Willimon.

Clooney said the movie was ready to begin filming when Barack Obama was elected U.S. president in 2008.

Cover girl: The model shows she still has what it takes, dazzling in a red shimmering, floor-length gown

In all, 66 films will make their world premiere at the 68th edition of the world's oldest festival. It is the first time since World War II that all feature films in the festival's three official events - in competition, out of competition and the "Horizons" avant-garde section - are world premieres.

Nearly half of the festival's lineup is high-powered English-language films, a sign of its growing prestige in the eight years that it has been directed by Marco Mueller.

How'd i look? George poses for the cameras and pulls a nervous face as he heads into the theater

The strong selection also includes Roman Polanski's "Carnage," an adaptation of the Broadway show God of Carnage, featuring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz; David Cronenberg's take on psychoanalysis, A Dangerous Method, featuring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender; and Shame, a drama by British director Steve McQueen featuring Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.

Grand arrival: Cindy and Randy arrive at the event by gondola

Other American movies in competition include end-of-the-world film 4:44 Last Day on Earth by Abel Ferrara; Dark Horse starring Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken and directed by Todd Solondz; Killer Joe, a black comedy by William Friedkin starring Matthew McConaughey in the

title role; and the second feature film by Ami Canaan Mann, Texas Killing Fields, a murder drama featuring Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain.

House guest: The couple have been staying with George Clooney at his villa on Lake Como

White lady: Star of the film Evan Rachel Wood looked graceful in a floating white gown

Red carpet beauties: Maris Tomei looked stunning in a mustard colour Marios Schwab dress while Diane Kruger chose Elie Saab Couture


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