Like every year, the end of summer smells like cinema, premieres, stars arriving by boat and parties in the palaces: September 30th will see the beginning of the 74th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Until September 9th there will be a rich schedule of films and meetings which, between the Lido, with its faded glamour, and Venice, will liven up the Lagoon by making it again the protagonist of that everlasting magic known as cinema.
As an old lady who has lost some energy, but not her charm, the Film Festival is still one of the most important events in the industry, with its always balanced recipe of commercial films, films d’auters and star system. Suffice it to look at the pictures, old and new, of stars on the beach or reach the Lido for a film, even better in the morning, to breath in cinema.
The Festival will open with “Downsizing” by Alexander Payne, with Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz. Then, the 21 selected films, listed hereinafter, among which we highlight “Mother” by Dareen Aronofsky, “Suburbicon” directed by George Clooney based on an idea by the Coen brothers, “Ammore e Malavita” by the Manetti Bros, Italian pop directors, and “The Leisure Seeker”, the first international production by Paolo Virzì.
Here is the full list of films:
1 Human Flow – Ai Weiwei
2 Mother! – Darren Aronofsky
3 Suburbicon – George Clooney
4 The shape of water – Guillermo Del Toro
5 L’insulte – Ziad Doueiri
6 La villa – Robert Guédiguian
7 Lean on Pete – Andrew Haigh
8 Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno – Abdellatif Kechiche
9 The Third Murder – Koreeda Hirokazu
10 Jusqu’à la garde – Xavier Legrand
11 Ammore e Malavita – Manetti Bros
12 Foxtrot – Samuel Maoz
13 Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
14 Hannah – Andrea Palladoro
15 Downsizing – Alexander Payne
16 Angels Wear White – Vivian Qu
17 Una famiglia – Sebastiano Riso
18 First Reformed – Paul Schrader
19 Sweet Country – Warwick Thornton
20 The Leisure Seeker – Paolo Virzì
21 Ex Libris – The New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, whom we still remember in Barefoot in the Park, will be on screen in Venice, too, with the world premiere of Our souls at night, from Kent Haruf’s novel and produced by Netflix (a fully-fledged stone guest in all film festivals now).
Last year the Golden Lion was awarded to La La Land and the prize was the first step for a global success.
This year’s selection seems to be of top level, thus we can only go to the theaters and enjoy the magic: you may find information on tickets here.