18 films compete in leaner Venice festival

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Artistic Director of the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barbera speaks during a press conference to present the 69th edition of the festival in Rome, Thursday, July 26, 2012. In the background, a sketch from the video intro of the festival. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)American directors dominated the competition lineup announced Thursday for this year's slimmed-down Venice Film Festival aimed at making the world's oldest movie festival easier to take in.