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Every two years, the Venice Biennale brings pervy curators, pretentious artists, and glamorous prostitutes together to create a swarm of sleaze and excess only possible in a city as ridiculous as Venice.

I went with only my hopes of, a) picking up a Russian dealer, and b) drowning myself in prosecco, neither of which came easy. Why drink if everyone’s too chic to get drunk or pick up a billionaire if you can’t stay in his suite? And why does Venice stink so much and have all these goddamn bridges?

I guess I did have fun, nearly everything was free, after all. Most of us believe that radicals, good fucks, and the most fun people at a party dress diffferently, therefore you'd figure as the Venice biennale is a gathering of the art world's greatest, the people in attendence would look amazing.

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A saber-toothed cat’s skull, one of a number of dinosaur remains (among other things) auctioned off at the I. M. Chait gallery on March 24. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


The funeral of Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf, one of two police officers killed in line-of-duty incidents that happened about nine hours and 40 miles apart. (Ken Maldonado for The Wall Street Journal)


Rye Playland, one of few amusement parks in the U.S. owned by a municipality, has been bleeding money. Now Westchester County officials are looking for developers to modernize the park. (Nick Brandreth for The Wall Street Journal)


The Third Annual Blossom Ball celebrated by the Endometriosis Foundation of America at New York Public Library. (Astrid Stawiarz for The Wall Street Journal)


New York Police Officers at the funeral of Police Officer Alain Schaberger, the second police officer killed in the line of duty last week. ( Joel Cairo for The Wall Street Journal )


The American Folk Art Museum’s ‘Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts’ show opened on March 25 at the Park Avenue Armory. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


The grilled marinated octopus at Tre Otto. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


Famed Spanish Chef Ferran Adria and Author Lisa Abend ate an American-style breakfast at Old John’s Luncheonette. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


Random items in the practice space used by the band The Feelies in the basement of lead singer Glenn Mercer’s home in Haledon, N.J. (Nick Brandreth for The Wall Street Journal)


A horse gambler leaned on the railing of the main lobby at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, Queens, following a race. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


Rula Jebreal and Julian Schnabel in the dining area of the Palazzo Chupi building in Manhattan. Schnabel’s new film opened on March 25. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


Charred remains of a large bus on Ninth Ave near 39th Street after an apparent engine fire on March 21. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


GreeNYC’s mascot ‘Birdie’ awaits the arrival of media and dignitaries to an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Fresh Kills Landfill closure on March 22. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


The symbolic arrival of trees on the type of barge that once transported garbage to Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, during the ceremony marking ten years since its closure and transformation into a park. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Frank Mouris, in his animation studio in Chatham, N.Y. Frank and his wife Caroline are Academy Award-winning animators and also dog breeders. (Mark Ovaska for The Wall Street Journal)

As it struggles to close a $100 million budget gap, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is exploring selling or leasing some of the three million square feet of office space it controls. Among the buildings on the table: the agency’s 20-story headquarters complex on Madison Avenue. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


A mix of wintery weather hit pedestrians on Chambers Street on March 23. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Burkes Bar in Hoboken, N.J. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


Shirley Wood’s Yorkie, Stitch, rested in her bag at the dog-friendly Gardiner County Park in West Bayshore, N.Y., on March 18. (Joel Cairo for the Wall Street Journal )

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The Weinstein Co. has released a trailer for Julian Schnabel‘s Miral, starring Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto. The film covers five decades of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Pinto playing a young woman who falls for a political activist (Omar Metwally, Munich) and becomes involved in the Palestine liberation movement. Watch the trailer after the jump.


[via TheMovieBox.Net]

Although this new trailer features slightly less violence and improper language, it otherwise looks pretty similar to the French-subtitled one we posted last summer — right down to the melancholy Tom Waits song that plays over the very end. Miral has since hit several film festivals, starting with Venice last year. It was originally scheduled to open in the U.S. last December, but has been rescheduled for a March 25, 2011 release date.

Disappointingly, early reviews for the film aren’t looking too good — Miral currently holds a worrying 20% on Rotten Tomatoes. (Granted, that’s out of only 15 reviews, but even the positive reviews seem less than enthusiastic.) The consensus seems to be that it’s well-intentioned, but not well-made. Given the breadth of the subject, I wonder if Jebreal’s book would’ve been better served as a miniseries.

Miral is based on a semi-autobiographical novel of the same title by Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal. Schanbel became involved with the project when Jebreal sent him the book after the two met at a dinner in 2007. They began work on the film later that year, and became a couple during the course of the production. Schnabel has said in interviews that Miral has a personal significance to him: “Coming from my background, as an American Jewish person whose mother was president of Hadassah [the Women's Zionist Organization of America] in 1948, I figured I was a pretty good person to try to tell the story of the other side.”

Hiam Abbas (The Visitor) and Yasmine Al Masri (Caramel) also star in the film, as Miral’s teacher and a prisoner, respectively. Vanessa Redgrave and Willem Dafoe appear in small roles.

Official synopsis:

From Julian Schnabel, Academy Award© nominated director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls and Basquiat, comes Miral, the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage and war. The story begins in war-torn Jerusalem in 1948 when Hind Husseini (HIAM ABBASS, The Visitor, Amreeka) opens an orphanage for refugee children that quickly becomes home to 2000 orphans. One of the children is seventeen year old Miral (FRIEDA PINTO, Slumdog Millionaire) who arrived at the orphanage 10 years earlier, following her mother’s tragic death. On the cusp of the Intifada resistance, Miral is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she falls for a fervent political activist, Hani (OMAR METWALLY, Munich, Rendition) and finds herself in a personal battle that mirrors the greater dilemma around her: to fight like those before her or follow Mama Hind’s defiant belief that education will pave a road to peace.

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