Johnnie To's new film rounds out Venice lineup

August 9, 2011 - 11:14 AM

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival says Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To's "Life Without Principle" joins the 22 films vying for the coveted Golden Lion.

But the festival tantalized film lovers with the promise of yet another surprise movie — to be announced at a later time.

The festival last month announced the titles of 21 films in competition, promising to announce the first surprise film within weeks.

Director Marco Mueller has made surprise films a feature of the festival since he took over in 2004. Often their announcement is delayed until after the festival opens due to political sensitivity or production schedules.

This year's festival runs Aug. 31-Sept. 10.