Rich Lineup To Kick Off Fall Festival Season In Style – Deadline

The lineup introduced at present for the 79th Venice Film Festival is a diverse and wealthy providing from the world’s oldest occasion of its type. There are auteur filmmakers galore who’ve additionally proven industrial mettle, earlier Lido winners and a few tantalizing out-of-competition entries together with a brief movie that includes Chris Rock. While there is probably not a Dune– or Joker-sized Hollywood tentpole within the bunch, that is an intriguing combine which is certain to convey loads of star energy — notably with Olivia Wilde’s out of competitors title Don’t Worry Darling ferrying Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan and Chris Pine to the island.

Politics and severe points may even be on the fore; Artistic Director Alberto Barbera at present took time to name out the warfare in Ukraine with “European democracies threatened by Putin’s imperialism.” There are titles from Ukraine in addition to 4 from Iran together with the competitors’s No Bears by persecuted filmmaker Jafar Panahi. Barbera reiterated the fest’s assist for Iranian administrators “who are only guilty of using their right to freedom of expression,” and mentioned new initiatives will likely be unveiled in the course of the pageant.

Among the high-profile movies confirmed at present that had been anticipated are Andrew Dominik’s long-awaited Blonde, which was first mooted greater than a decade in the past. Ana de Armas performs icon Marilyn Monroe within the Netflix drama that’s primarily based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. 

Netflix once more has a robust presence at Venice, opening the festivities on August 31 with Noah Baumbach’s White Noise which stars Adam Driver — a earlier Best Actor Volpi Cup winner for 2014’s Hungry Hearts who additionally appeared in Baumbach’s 2019 Venice entry Marriage Story.

Alejandro G. Inarritu, whose Best Picture Oscar winner Birdman debuted on the Lido in 2014, returns with Spanish-language title Bardo, additionally from Netflix. The streamer makes its local-language mark twice within the competitors this year, touchdown a spot for Romain Gavras’ Athena, co-written by Oscar nominee Ladj Ly.

Venice veterans back in competitors this go-round additionally embrace Luca Guadagnino with Bones And All (MGM) starring Timothée Chalamet; Darren Aronofsky with A24’s The Whale after final premiering the divisive Mother! on the Lido in 2014; and Martin McDonagh with Searchlight’s The Banshees Of Inisherin starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri took the Best Screenplay gong at Venice in 2017.

Another Hollywood competitors picture from a studio specialty division is from Focus as Cate Blanchett stars in Todd Field’s Tar because the first-ever feminine chief conductor of a significant German orchestra. (Focus additionally has out of competitors music biopic Dreamin’ Wild from Bill Pohlad and starring Walton Goggins, Zooey Deschanel, Casey Affleck and Chris Messina.)

Florian Zeller, whose 2020 drama The Father scored two Oscars, will likely be on the Lido with follow-up, The Son, from Sony Pictures Classics and with a formidable roster of expertise together with Hugh Jackman, Vanessa Kirby, Laura Dern and Anthony Hopkins.

There are 5 feminine administrators in competitors — much like 2021 — with Alice Diop’s Saint Omer; Joanna Hogg’s The Eternal Daughter that includes Lido mainstay, Tilda Swinton; Chiara from Italian filmmaker Susanna Nicchiarelli; Laura Poitras’ Nan Goldin/Sackler household documentary All The Beauty And The Bloodshed; and Rebecca Zlotowski’s Other People’s Children, led by Virginie Efira.

Out of competitors, Wilde has one of the vital anticipated movies of the fest with New Line/Warner Bros’ Don’t Worry Darling. The psychological thriller has been making waves because the trailer first dropped at CinemaCon in April.

Walter Hill is making one thing of a shock look in Venice with bounty hunter thriller Dead For A Dollar starring Willem Dafoe, Rachel Brosnahan, Christoph Waltz and Benjamin Bratt.

Among different notable titles touchdown out of competitors is Call Of God, by late Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk who died in 2020 from Covid-related issues. The film was accomplished posthumously. This choice may stir points as Kim, a Golden Lion winner for 2012’s Pieta, was accused of sexual misconduct by a number of girls after the #MeToo trade shift, although a Korean court docket partially dismissed a sexual assault cost towards him.

Oliver Stone’s Nuclear, a brand new under-the-radar documentary, additionally has an out of competitors slot as do the premieres of TV sequence from Lars von Trier (The Kingdom Exodus) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Copenhagen Cowboy).

And, about that intriguing quick from Sally Potter. Titled Look At Me, it options Javier Bardem and Chris Rock. Fest chief Alberto Barbera at present famous he hoped Rock can be readily available for the premiere.

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