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Final Fantasy VII Advent Children To Be Screen At Venice

Square Enix Co., Ltd. has announced that it will screen a special preview edition of the upcoming FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN at the 61st Venice International Film Festival, September 1-11 in Venice, Italy. The film is a direct-to-DVD CG-animated sequel to FINAL FANTASY VII, one of the best-selling PlayStation videogames of all time. FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN will be shown as part of "Venezia Digitale," the new digital image category of the festival. Since the product is still in development, a special preview will be screened at the festival.

"We are honored to be a part of Venezia Digitale, this exciting new category that highlights the values of innovation and artistry of digital imagery," said director Tetsuya Nomura. "As we continually strive to create digital entertainment that pushes the boundaries of technology and art, we welcome the opportunity to become a part of the world cinema community through the Venice International Film Festival."

FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN take place two years after FINAL FANTASY VII's conclusion. The ruins of Midgar stand as a testament to the sacrifices that were made in order to bring peace. However, the world will soon face a new menace -- a mysterious illness. Now Cloud, who walked away from the life of a hero to live in solitude, must step forward yet again.

The FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN development team includes:* Director - Tetsuya Nomura (FINAL FANTASY X, KINGDOM HEARTS)* Co-director - Takeshi Nozue (FINAL FANTASY IX, FINAL FANTASY X, KINGDOM HEARTS)* Scenario - Kazushige Nojima (STELLAVISTA LTD.) (FINAL FANTASY X, KINGDOM HEARTS)* Art director - Yusuke Naora (FINAL FANTASY X)* Composer - Nobuo Uematsu (FINAL FANTASY series)* Producer - Yoshinori Kitase (FINAL FANTASY X, KINGDOM HEARTS) and Shinji Hashimoto (FINAL FANTASY VIII, KINGDOM HEARTS)* Mechanic/creature design - Takayuki Takeya (Freelance) (ZEIRAM, MECHANICAL VIOLATOR HAKAIDER)

FINAL FANTASY VII, originally released in Japan for the PlayStation game console on January 31, 1997 and September 7, 1997 in North America, has sold more than nine million units worldwide. The product is currently in development and scheduled for release in late 2004 in Japan.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found on the Internet at www.square-enix.com.

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