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Tom Ford to Show Directorial Debut in Venice

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Tom Ford may be a household name for his work in fashion and dressing Hollywood’s hottest stars, but when it comes to directing, he is still a novice. Nonetheless, his directorial debut has won him a spot to compete for Venice’s 66th Film Festival’s Lion d’Or. The 48-year old designer, who left Gucci in 2004 to concentrate on both his own line and to launch a film career, took three years to draft the script of A Single Man and began filming last November. Based on a novel by British author Christopher Isherwood (whose Berlin Stories served as the book for Cabaret) was produced and directed by Ford, who co-wrote the script with David Searce. Recounting the story of a gay English professor, attempting to resume his daily life in Los Angeles after the death of his partner, A Single Man comes with a pedigreed cast worthy of the man who previously directed YSL’s house, including Colin Firth, 4 time-Oscar nominee Julianne Moore, The Watchmen‘s Matthew Goode and Lee Pace from Pushing Daisies. Surprisingly strong buzz accompanies Ford’s maiden effort, amplified by the Sept. 2-12 festival’s decision to program it as an In Competition choice, a category pitting A Single Man up against this year’s eclectic slate of films including George Romero’s latest zombie epic Survival of the Dead. — Peter Mikelbank