CORRECTED-Drone pilot film at Venice meant to start debate, director says

September 5, 2014 4:02 PM

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VENICE, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Ethan Hawke stars as a drone pilot near Las Vegas who has a mental breakdown while killing targets 7,000 miles away (11,000 km) in "Good Kill", a Venice Film Festival entry shown on Friday and meant to spark debate.

Stating at the outset it is "based on actual events", the film directed by New Zealand-born Andrew Niccol, whose 1997 gene-manipulation movie "Gattaca" was nominated for an Oscar, takes place at a drone operations base in 2010.

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