Damsels in Distress, the new comedy film from American director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco) is the Closing night film (Out of Competition) at the 68th Venice International Film Festival to run August 31 thru September 10, 2011.

Damsels in Distress, written, produced and directed by Whit Stillman, stars Greta Gerwig, Carrie MacLemore, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Analeigh Tipton, Hugo Becker, Ryan Metcalf, and Billy Magnussen.

Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics and produced by Westerly Film Production, Damsels in Distress is a comedy about a trio of beautiful girls as they set out to revolutionize life at a grungy American university – the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and sexy Heather (Carrie MacLemore). They welcome transfer student Lily (Analeigh Tipton) into their group which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good hygiene and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of men—including smooth Charlie (Adam Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker) and the mad frat pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf) and Thor (Billy Magnussen)—who threaten the girls’ friendship and sanity.

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