Films by Stephen Frears and Terry Gilliam will have their world premieres at the Venice International Film Festival.
Director Bernardo Bertolucci will head the jury at the event, which runs from 28 August - 7 September.
The BBC reports 20 titles will compete for the Golden Lion award.
Gravity by Alfonso Cuaron, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts, will open the event.
Philomena by Frears tells the true story of a woman who searched for 50 years to find a child she was forced to give up. It stars Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
The Zero Theorem by Gilliam stars Christoph Waltz as a reclusive computer genius attempting to solve a mathematical equation that will determine whether life has meaning.