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Madonna, Abbie Cornish and Andrea Riseborough Promoting W.E. at 2011 Venice Film Festival

Madonna and Abbie Debut W.E. at the Venice Film Festival

Madonna stepped out in a butterfly-bedecked Vionnet gown and matching sunglasses as she debuted her directorial project W.E. at the Venice Film Festival yesterday evening. The multitalented Madge gave the stars of her film, Abbie Cornish and Andrea Riseborough, a warm welcome on the red carpet, and she also had fans in Valentino and Marisa Tomei, who both turned up at the event. Reviews of W.E. have been mixed, but the period piece is so far faring better with the critics than her first effort behind the camera, 2008's Filth and Wisdom. Earlier in the day, Madonna gave a press conference to talk about the movie and credited her exes Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie with encouraging her directorial dreams. Madonna has dated several men in Hollywood, but the creative talents of her current flame lie elsewhere; Madonna's new beau, 24-year-old Brahim Zaibat, is a professional breakdancer.

Andrea Riseborough, Madonna and Abbie Cornish pose together at the photo call.
Abbie Cornish was stunning in a strapless gown on the red carpet.
The W.E. cast and director Madonna line up on the red carpet.
Madonna coordinated her shades with her dress.
Madonna and her W.E. cast arrived at the Venice Film Festival.

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Andrea Riseborough, Madonna and Abbie Cornish pose together at the photo call.
Abbie Cornish was stunning in a strapless gown on the red carpet.
The W.E. cast and director Madonna line up on the red carpet.
Madonna coordinated her shades with her dress.
Madonna and her W.E. cast arrived at the Venice Film Festival.
Madonna wore butterflies on a lavender gown.
Madonna posed with her stars Abbie Cornish and Andrea Riseborough.
Abbie Cornish was accompanied down the red carpet.
Marisa Tomei attended the W.E. premiere.
Valentino turned up for Madonna's big night.
Andrea Riseborough stunned in a voluminous yellow gown.
Madonna hugged Andrea Riseborough.
Madonna made a grand entrance in a butterfly gown.
Madonna posed with her cast.
Abbie Cornish was all smiles arriving at the Venice Film Festival.
Madonna and the cast of W.E. get into line at the photo call.
Madonna, Andrea Riseborough and Abbie Cornish take a seat at the W.E. screening.
Abbie Cornish all smiles on the red carpet.
Andrea Riseborough, Madonna and Abbie Cornish pose together on the red carpet.
Madonna and the W.E. cast at the Venice Film Festival.

Image Sources: WireImage and Getty
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