As Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera continues to watch films and tinker with his selections before announcing the Lido lineup next week, several high-profile titles are either firmly entrenched or will most likely start from the Lido.
As previously expected from diversityUS studios and streamers will be hitting the fest in full force. Warner Bros. starts steaming Psychological thriller “Don’t Worry Darling” that is Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort and sTars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles. The image is one of two films starring the latter pop star due out this fall (the other being Amazon Studios’ My Policeman).
Focus Features will be included on the Lido Todd Fields “Tár” which brings together the “In the Bedroom” director with Cate Blanchett as the fictional Lydia Tár, one of the greatest conductors in the world and the first female conductor of a major German orchestra. Blanchett is a regular in Venice, having chaired the festival’s main jury in 2020.
from netflix, Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe drama “Blonde” with Bond girl Ana de Armas (“No Time to Die”) as a Hollywood icon is also considered locked up.
And most likely in Venice are Netflix’s Don DeLillo adaptation White Noise by Noah Baumbach, starring Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver and Jodie Turner-Smith; Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths”, which tells the story of a Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker going through an existential crisis; and the modern tragedy Athena by Romain Gavras, co-written by the French director The World is Yours with Les Miserables filmmaker Ladj Ly.
Amazon-owned MGM will be in Venice starring Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell as cannibal lovers on a road trip across America in the 1980s.
Amazon is also launching its first Argentinian original film from the Lido, the political drama “1985,” directed by director Santiago Mitre, whose Paulina and The Summit went to Cannes. “1985” is the The true story of how prosecutor Julio Strassera, a young lawyer, and his inexperienced legal team dared to prosecute the leaders of Argentina’s bloody military dictatorship in a fight against odds and a race against time, despite bomb and death threats.
Also in Venice, the indie production “Monica” by Italian director Andrea Pallaoro can be seen with the leading role Transgender actress Trace Lysette (“Transparent”) as Transgender woman who returns home to the Midwest to care for her dying mother, played by Patricia Clarkson.
Although both “Bones” and “Monica” fly the Italian flag, they are set in the US and oddly both films were shot in Ohio.
Paul Schrader’s new feature film “The Gardener Master” is a strong tip for an unrivaled Venice berth, as the US director and screenwriter is honored with it on the Lido 2022 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. Gardener tells the story of gardener Narvel Roth, played by Joel Edgerton, who tends a beautiful Louisiana estate owned by a wealthy widow, played by Sigourney Weaver. Things take a dark turn with the widow troubled grandniece arrives at the scene.
Outstanding titles from other parts of the world tied to Lido include recently re-imprisoned Iranian authors Jafar Panahi’s drama “No Bears,” which reportedly weaves together two parallel love stories, both thwarted by obstacles that mirror life in contemporary Iran.
South Korean director Hong Sang Woo’s latest film Walk Up is definitely a possibility, as is Japanese director Koji Fukada’s Love Life follows a happily married woman who decides to take care of her son’s long-lost father when he reappears, deaf, sick and homeless.
Also strongly tilted from Asia is revered Japanese icon and former Venice Prize winner Takeshi Kitano’s “Kubi” (aka “Neck”), A historical actioner based on Kitano’s 2019 novel of the same name.
From France, Rebecca Zlotowski’s drama “Les Enfants des Autres” (“Other People’s Children”), which is about making a connection with a stranger’s child and stars Virginie Efira, Roschdy Zem and Chiara Mastroianni, is considered an official selection slot in Venice, as does Alice Diop’s debut feature film Saint Omer, based on the true story of a Senegalese woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter by exposing her to the rising tide on a beach in northern France. Alice Diops doc “Nous” was awarded the Golden Bear in 2021 for best documentary and best film in the Berlin category “Encounters”.
From Italy, and also filmed in Italy, Emanuele Crialese Penelope Cruz’s “L’Immensità” star is a strong possibility, while Il Signor delle Formiche by Gianni Amelio a biopic of Italian poet, playwright and director Aldo Braibanti, who was imprisoned in 1968 under a fascist-era anti-gay law, starring Elio Germano and Luigi Lo Cascio, permanently housed in a Venetian berth.
The 75th edition of Venice will take place from August 31st to September 10th. The lineup will be announced on July 26th.
Manori Ravindran, Patrick Frater and Elsa Keslassy contributed to this report.
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