While everything will be shutting down in the states for Labor Day weekend, the beautiful city of Venice will become the substitute for Hollywood during the Venice Film Festival!

The 69th edition of the festival kicked off this past Wednesday and runs until September 8. It's known for premiering movies which are not only extremely high in quality, but that often become the blockbuster flicks you're watching in theaters just a few months later! Check out out top 5 picks for flicks from the Venice Film Festival that we expect to do big things!

1. Passion

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Starring: Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace

Release Date: None yet -- playing at festivals in Venice on September 7, Toronto on September 11 and New York on September 29

If nothing else, this publicity photo is sure to draw some bums into seats! The film follows the relationship between Christine (McAdams), an ambitious ad executive and her shy, young, assistant Isabelle James (Rapace). When Christine steals a campaign Isabel created, the young assistant plots murderous revenge on her mentor.

2. Spring Breakers

Starring: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson

Release Date: Early 2013, but screens at Venice on September 5

This film is already generating plenty of controversy. Because, you know, it features James pointing two guns at the heads of girls. The movies features four girls who have high spring break ambition and limited funds, so they rob a bank to cover the difference. When they get arrested and bailed out by a rapper-gangster (Franco), he wants something from them in return. We can only imagine what!

3. The Master

Starring: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern

Release Date: September 14 (limited), September 21 (wide)

This movie hasn't even premiered yet, but it's already getting plenty of buzz as a strong favorite to win the Oscar for Best Picture next year! Freddie Sutton (Phoenix) returns home from serving in the Navy in World War II and is unsure about his future, so he becomes part of a cult religion created by Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman) known as "The Cause." Those around Sutton become worried about his mental state as he begans to display increasing bizarre behavior.

4. To The Wonder


Starring: Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko

Release Date: Sometime in 2012 -- screening in Venice on September 2 and Toronto on September 10

Few details have been given about the film so far, but we know it's a romantic drama centered on a man, Neil, (Affleck) whose marriage to Marina (Kurylenko), a European woman, is falling apart. The film is being directed by Terrence Malick, who has been nominated for multiple Oscars, and the flick is expected by many to be visually stunning. In other words, Ben might actually be in a good movie for once!

5. At Any Price

Starring: Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid, Heather Graham

Release Date: No release date scheduled -- will also play at the Telluride Film Festival in Berkeley, CA.

This movie is all about the cost of the American dream. Henry Whipple (Quaid) runs a struggling corn farm in Iowa and is forced to consider his "black sheep" son Dean (Efron) as the man to inherit the property. The only problem? Dean has aspirations to be a NASCAR driver! Despite the interesting storyline, rumors are spreading that the acting performances in the flick are mixed at best.

Which movie do you want to watch most from the Venice Film Festival?

Photos courtesy of Division Films, CBS Films, Annapurna Pictures and United Artists