(Sheri Jennings’s article appeared in the AP, 9/11.)

Julie Taymor's interpretation of "The Tempest" is a gender-flipped fantasy film, with Helen Mirren playing the lead in the take on the William Shakespeare classic.

The film was unveiled out of competition Saturday in the final hours of the Venice Film Festival, which was awarding its top Golden Lion prize in a gala evening ceremony.

Taymor switches the sex of the traditionally male sorcerer role, Prospero, to a female sorceress, Prospera, for the Oscar-winning Mirren.

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