After many delays and much anticipation, the world premiere of Alfonso Cuaron‘s first film since 2006’s Children of Men has been slotted. We brought you word last month that the space epic Gravity was looking at a Venice Film Festival bow and that’s indeed the case, but perhaps more exceptionally, it’s actually been given the opening night slot.

Led by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the film will be given a 3D premiere on August 28th and will mark Cuaron’s return to the festival after both his last film and 2001’s Y tu mamá también. It’s certainly a strong launching point, and thankfully we’ll only have to wait just over a month to see it in theaters.

We’ve also got a tidbit from Vanguardia, who, thanks to a translation, report that Cuaron’s longtime friend James Cameron was close with the production of Gravity and assisted with the new technologies being used to create the film. Cameron and Cuaron will also be getting together for a discussion at the TagDF festival today, so expect more news out of that. Check out Venice Film Festival’s description of the film below and when it likely pops up at TIFF as well, return for our review.

Gravity, from Warner Bros. Pictures, is a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. In the film, Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth… and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Gravity opens on October 4th.

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