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Sunday, August 31, 2008
Natalie Portman brings short film to Venice
VENICE, Italy -- Adding a bit of spice to a festival that has been pretty short on big names, Natalie Portman arrived in Venice today.

Along with the likes of Scarlett Johannson (who released an album of Tom Waits covers earlier this year) Natalie Portman is one of those Hollywood actresses blessed with serious intellect as well as beauty and talent.

The Harvard graduate, published academic and star of "Closer," "Garden State," and "Leon" has now added directing to her intimidating roster of skills.

Portman's directorial debut, "Eve" will open Venice film festival's short film section, Corto Cortissimo tomorrow afternoon.

The 17-minute comedy starring Lauren Bacall and Ben Gazzara will screen in an out of competition slot.

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