Venice 2015: Read our Venice 72 preview

The 72nd Venice Film Festival will run from the 2-12 September and promises one of the hottest line ups for years. The already announced opening film, Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest, continues the start big philosophy of Gravity and Birdman of the previous two years. Johnny Depp’s return to ‘proper’ acting, Black Mass, has also already been announced as showing out of competition, seeing Depp don another physical transformation, but this time in the service of a more grown-up tale of real life gangster Whitey Bulger. In the main competition, the English language big hitters include Kirsten Stewart in science fiction thriller Equals, a post-True Detective project for Cary Fukunaga – Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba – and Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl starring an unrecognisable Eddie Redmayne.

Previous Golden Lion winner Aleksandr Sokurov returns with Francofonia, a film set entirely in the Louvre “during German occupation”. Beside veteran Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio’s Blood of My Blood comes Laurie Anderson’s first feature film, Heart of a Dog. A special documentary section features new work from the legendary Frederick Wiseman, as well as a documentary on Brian De Palma by Noah Baumbach. As if to emphasise some of the little gems that Venice is particularly good at polishing there is even a short film by Martin Scorsese tucked into the programme. The Horizons sections promises a particularly strong selection as well with Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader, starring Robert Pattinson and Tobias Lindholm’s follow up to A Hijacking, succinctly titled A War. We will be covering the full festival here at CineVue.

In Competition
Frenzy, dir. Emin Alper (Turkey, France, Qatar)
Heart of a Dog, dir. Laurie Anderson (U.S.)
Blood of My Blood, dir. Marco Bellocchio (Italy)
Looking for Grace, dir. Sue Brooks (Australia)
Equals, dir. Drake Doremus (US)
Remember, dir. Atom Egoyan (Canada, Germany)
Beasts of No Nation, dir. Cary Fukunaga (US)
Per amor vostro, dir. Giuseppe M. Gaudino (Italy, France)
Marguerite, dir. Xavier Giannoli (France, Czech Republic, Belgium)
Rabin, The Last Day, dir. Amos Gitai (Israel, France)
A Bigger Splash, dir. Luca Guadagnino (Italy, France)
The Endless River, dir. Oliver Hermanus (South Africa, France)
The Danish Girl, dir. Tom Hooper (UK, US)
Anomalisa, dir. Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson (US)
The Wait, dir. Piero Messina (Italy)
11 Minutes, dir. Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland)
Francofonia, dir. Aleksander Sokurov (France, Germany, Netherlands)
The Clan, dir. Pablo Trapero (Argentina, Spain)
Desde alla, dir. Lorenzo Vigas (Venezuela, Mexico)
Courted, dir. Christian Vincent (France)
Behemoth, dir. Zhao Liang (China, France)
Out of Competition
Everest, dir. Baltasar Kormakur (US, UK) – Opening night film
Mr. Six, dir. Hu Guan (China) – Closing night film
Go With Me, dir. Daniel Alfredson (US, Canada, Sweden)
Non essere cattivo, dir. Claudio Caligari (Italy)
Black Mass, dir. Scott Cooper (US)
Spotlight, dir. Thomas McCarthy (US)
La calle de la Amargura, dir. Mexico Spain
The Audition, dir. Martin Scorsese (US)
Winter on Fire, dir. Evgeny Afineevsky (Ukraine)
De Palma, dir. Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow (US)
Janis, dir. Amy Berg (US)
The Event, dir. Sergei Loznitsa (Netherlands, Belgium)
Gli uomini di questa città io non li conosco, dir. Franco Maresco (Italy)
L’esercito piu piccolo del mondo, dir. Gianfranco Pannone (Vatican City State)
Afternoon, dir. Tsai Ming-liang (Chinese Taipei)
In Jackson Heights, dir. Frederick Wiseman (US)
Special Screening
Human, dir. Yann Arthus-Bertrand (France)
Golden Lion for Career Achievement
La vie et rien d’autre, dir. Betrand Tavernier
Madame Courage, dir. Merzak Allouache (Algeria, France, UAE)
A Copy of My Mind, dir. Joko Anwar (Indonesia, South Korea)
Pecore in erba, dir. Alberto Caviglia (Italy)
Tempete, dir. Samuel Collardey (France)
The Childhood of a Leader, dir. Brady Corbet (UK, Hungary, Belgium, France)
Italian Gangster, dir. Renato De Maria (Italy)
Wednesday, May 9, dir. Vahid Jalilvand, Iran
Mountain, dir. Yaelle Kayam (Israel)
A War, dir. Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)
Interrogation, dir. Vetri Maaran (India)
Free in Deed, dir. Jake Mahaffy (U.S., New Zealand)
Boi Neon, dir. Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil, Uruguay, Netherlands)
Man Down, dir. Dito Montiel (US)
Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me, dir. Hadar Morag (Israel, France)
Un monstruo de mil cabezas, dir. Rodrigo Pla (Mexico)
Mate-me por favor, dir. Anita Rocha Da Silveira (Brazil, Argentina)
Taj Mahal, dir. Nicolas Saada (France, Belgium)
Interruption, dir. Yorgos Zois (Greece, France, Croatia)

The 72nd Venice Film Festival takes place from 2-12 September 2015. For more coverage, follow this link.

John Bleasdale | @drjonty