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Tom Ford shows his film at Venice

September 12, 2009|Associated Press

Tom Ford switched from the catwalk to the red carpet Friday, presenting his directorial debut -- an intimate movie about coping with loss and grief -- at the Venice Film Festival.

"A Single Man" stars Colin Firth as a college professor coming to grips with solitude after his partner of 16 years dies. Also starring are Matthew Goode, playing the professor's partner, and Julianne Moore as a longtime friend who harbors an unfulfilled love for Firth's character.

The movie was the last of 25 films to screen in competition for the Golden Lion, Venice's top prize. The winners will be announced today.

"A Single Man" is based on the book by the same name by Christopher Isherwood. Ford, a former Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent designer, said the film is "the most personal thing" he has ever done.

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