Director Brian De Palma's film The Black Dahlia has
been chosen to open the Venice Film Festival to be held in Italy
next month. This is the fifth time that the director debuts a film
at the festival since 1975's Sisters. Based on the crime novel
--Black Dahlia by James Ellroy, the movie stars two time Oscar
winner Hilary Swank and Scarlett Johansson.
The story centers around two cops who investigate the murder of
an unknown actress. During the course of the investigation they
meet corrupt colleagues and other people who are part of the Los
Angeles crime world. Johansson is playing the role of a woman whom
both men love.
James Ellory's novel tells the story of the murder of 22 year
old Elizabeth Short whose body was found chopped in two and dumped
in a vacant lot in Los Angeles in 1947. Nicknamed as Black Dahlia,
her murderer was never found.