The Venice festival invites, from August 31 to September 10, the big favorites of the Oscars. On the French side, Roschdy Zem, Romain Gavras and Rebecca Zlotowski will try to succeed Audrey Diwan on the list. Florian Zeller will present a new adaptation of his plays there, The sound.
More than ever, the Venice Film Festival deserves its reputation as Hollywood on the lagoon. Like past editions, artistic director Alberto Barbera has captured a large contingent of American films who hope to shine at the Oscars and are counting on the glamor of the City of the Doges to launch with a bang and get a head start in this long-distance race. . Its program from August 31 to September 10 makes you dizzy, and probably some heartburn in Cannes and its coach Thierry Frémaux.
Arrives in Venice in official competition Timothée Chalamet. The one who triggered crowd movements at the Lido last year with Dunes finds the director Luca Guadagnino who had revealed it in Call Me By Your Name. In Bones And All, the duo stages the road trip of cannibalistic lovers. Another expected sulfur wind, Ana de Armas. In Blonde hair of Andrew Dominik for Netflix, the spy of Dying can wait portrays a Marilyn Monroe more sensual and tormented than nature.
Netflix makes the opening
Banned from Cannes but welcomed with open arms in Venice, Netflix has four contenders for the golden lion which will be awarded by the jury chaired by Julianne Moore. Outraged Blonde hairis expected at opening White Noise by Noah Baumbach. Adam Driver and actress-director Greta Gerwig carry this adaptation of the great American novel by Don DeLillo about a middle-class family in the Midwest in the 80s facing media saturation, unbridled consumption or addiction to drugs.
The platform is also launching the city thriller Athena by Frenchman Romain Gavras, co-written with Ladj Ly des Miserables and Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths by Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu. The director of the Revenant recounts in three hours the existential crisis of a documentary filmmaker. The Los Gatos firm will also be present in the television series section of the Mostra with Copenhagen Cowboy by Nicolas Winding Refn.
Back behind the camera by Darren Aronofsky
Other big names expected: Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern and Vanessa Kirby who will defend The sona new adaptation of his plays by Florian Zeller who had dazzled the seventh art with The Father, with Anthony Hopkins. Cate Blanchett will amaze with her mastery of the baton and classical music in Tar by Todd Field, a portrait of Germany’s first woman conductor. The author of black swan Darren Aronofsky returns behind the camera with The Whale which follows an obese recluse (the star of the Mummy, Brendan Fraser).
More independent films complete this English-speaking contingent: The Eternal Daughter where Briton Joanna Hogg directs her muse Tilda Swinton. After The Panels of RevengeMartin McDonagh returns to his native Ireland with a Beckett-style film The Banshees Of Inisherin, where Colin Farell and Brendan Gleeson play inseparable friends. Added to this, exceptionally, a documentary All the Beauty and the Bloodshed by Laura Poitras on the ravages of the pharmaceutical industry.
Playing at home, the seventh Italian art aligns the biopic of Saint Clare of Assisi with Chiara by Susanna Nicchiarelli and Monica by Andrea Pallaoro, family and LGBT+ drama in English. Without forgetting, Emanuele Crialese who makes Penélope Cruz shine in The Immensita and Gianni Amelio’s which tells in Il Signore Delle Formiche the cursed trajectory of post-war playwright Aldo Braibanti.
Vitality of Iranian cinema
On the French side, the directors hoping to succeed Audrey Diwan, winner in 2021 of the golden lion with The Eventare Roschdy Zem with Mineportrait of a bourgeois Arab family, Rebecca Zlotowski who defends Other people’s children with Virginie Efira, a film that evokes her story with Jacques Audiard and the drama Saint Omer by Alice Diop who looks back on an infanticide that hit the headlines in France in 2013 when a mother abandoned her little girl at the rising tide. Added to this is the surprising A couple by Frederik Wiseman on the private life of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. In the parallel sections are Laure Calamy (The origin of evil by Sébastien Marmier) and Isabelle Huppert (The trade unionist by Jean-Paul Salomé).
The Mostra confirms the vitality of Iranian cinema, present with four titles, including the latest film by the director imprisoned by the Jafar Panahi regime, No Bears and the drama Beyond The Walls by Vahid Jalilvand. From Asia will come Love Life by Kôji Fukada. The Argentinian Santiago Miter will tell with 1985 the true story of the prosecutor and the lawyer who dared to prosecute the high dignitaries of the junta.
Canal + broadcaster of the Mostra
Out of competition, the stars will also be there. Don’t Worry Darling by Olivia Wilde will be screened and could bring its stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles to Venice. Mia Goth will defend the horror film Pearl. Christopher Waltz will wear the colors of the western Dead For One Dollar. So many alluring red carpets that will be broadcast exclusively in France by Canal +. The encrypted channel that lost The Cannes Film Festival on France Télévisions has acquired the rights to the Mostra. Antoine de Caunes will thus officiate from Venice.