30 AUGUST 2007

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are expected in town soon, trailing clouds of Tinseltown stardust in their wake. But on Wednesday, Venice belonged to Angelina's Wanted co-star James McAvoy, who attended the screening of festival opener Atonement, a tale of star-crossed lovers, in which he stars with Keira Knightley.

The talented Brit seems to be acquiring the kind of leading-man aura that keeping A-list company gives, greeting the crowd in a dapper suit, accompanied by his glamorously turned-out wife, Anne-Marie Duff.

The acclaimed BAFTA-nominated actress, who James met on the set of Channel 4 drama Shameless, was showing off a flattering new elfin haircut and stylish black creation on her man's big occasion.

James' co-star, Keira, meanwhile, dazzled the crowds in a candyfloss pink, diamante-spangled gown cinched, empire line-style, with a pink velvet sash. The film also stars the grand dame of English acting, Vanessa Redgrave, who arrived with daughter Joely Richardson and granddaughter Daisy.

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The British actor of the moment and his equally talented wife were the epitome of Hollywood polish at the Venice screening of James' flick Photo: © AFPClick on photos for gallery
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In a strapless, candy-floss pink, empire-line gown with diamante encrusted bodice and pink velvet detailing, Keira Knightley was also a star attraction at the Atonement premierePhoto: © AFP