Venice 2016: 73rd lineup announced

In Rome earlier this morning, Alberto Barbera announced one of the most impressive Venice Film Festival lineups in recent years. With stiff competition from Berlin and the encroaching Toronto – which often sees Venice stripped of its North American journalists mid-week – Venice has had hard times attracting major filmmakers. Without the glitzy market of Cannes and yet an expensive price tag to premiere a film here, Venice has been going through something of an identity crisis. With a series of Oscar-winning premieres in recent years, however, the oldest film festival in the world is ready to bounce back and this year’s lineup shows an exciting mix of old masters and up-and-coming talent.

Wim Wenders, Emir Kusturica, Andrei Konchalovsky and Terrence Malick are all in competition, alongside some younger voices such as Ana Lily Amirpour – who scored a big success with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Amat Escalante, director of the shocking Heli; and Rama Burshtein, who broke through with Fill the Void in 2012. Tom Ford will also be presenting his second movie, Nocturnal Animals, along with new films from Damien Chazelle – the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone-starring musical La La Land – and Arrival, a sci-fi from Sicario director Denis Villeneuve. With Neruda soaking up the plaudits at Cannes, Pablo Larrain’s take on Jackie Kennedy, simply titled Jackie, comes as an unexpected treat – rumour had it that it wasn’t yet finished. Out of competition sees the return of Mel Gibson to the director’s chair with war drama Hacksaw Ridge and I Saw the Devil helmer Kim Jee-woon is back from his US sojourn with The Age of Shadows.
Familiar (even obligatory) festival presences James Franco (with a John Steinbeck adaptation now Faulkner is exhausted) and Austrian shock jock Ulrich Seidl will be on hand. With a decent number of debut films both in the Orizzonti section and the traditional Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week sidebars, Venice will no doubt also provide us with those breakout moments when a new talent emerges. The big star value of closing film The Magnificent Seven and others will also give the paparazzi plenty to snap at on the Venice Lido but it will be in the dark of the auditorium that the festival will be made.

La La Land (USA) Damien Chazelle
The Bad Batch (USA) Ana Lily Amirpour
Une Vie (Fra-Bel) Stéphane Brizé
The Light Between Oceans (USA-Aust-NZ) Derek Cianfrance
El ciudadano ilustre (Arg-Spa) Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat
Spira mirabilis (Ita-Swi) Massimo D’anolfi, Martina Parenti
Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) (Phi) Lav Diaz
La región salvaje (Mexico) Amat Escalante
Nocturnal Animals (USA) Tom Ford
Piuma (Italy) Roan Johnson
Rai (Paradise) (Rus-Ger) Andrei Konchalovsky
Brimstone (Neth-Ger-Bel-Fra-UK-Swe) Martin Koolhoven
Na mliječnom putu (On the Milky Road) (Ser-UK-USA) Emir Kusturica
Voyage of Time (USA-Ger) Terrence Malick
El Cristo ciego (Chl-Fra) Christopher Murray
Frantz (Fra-Ger) François Ozon
Questi giorni (Ita) Giuseppe Piccioni
Arrival (USA) Denis Villeneuve
Les beaux jours d’Aranjuez (3D) (Fra-Ger) Wim Wenders
Jackie (USA-Chi) Pablo Larrain
Out of Competition
The Young Pope (episodes 1+2) (Ita-Fra-Spa-USA) Paolo Sorrentino
Special event
Planetarium (Fra-Bel) Rebecca Zlotowski
Special screening
The Magnificent Seven (USA) Antoine Fuqua
Closing film
The Bleeder (USA-Can) Philippe Falardeau
Hacksaw Ridge (USA-Aus) Mel Gibson
The Journey (UK) Nick Hamm
À jamais (Fra-Por) Benoît Jacquot
Gantz:O (Jap) Kawamura Yasushi
Miljeong (The Age of Shadows) (S Kor) KIM Jee woon
Monte (Ita-USA-Fra) Amir Naderi
Tommaso (Ita) Kim Rossi Stuart
Our War (Ita-USA) Bruno Chiaravalloti, Claudio Jampaglia, Benedetta Argentieri
I Called Him Morgan (Swe-USA) Kasper Collin
One More Time with Feeling (3D) (UK) Andrew Dominik
Austerlitz (Ger) Sergei Loznitsa
Assalto al cielo (Ita) Francesco Munzi
Safari (Aus-Den) Ulrich Seidl
American Anarchist (USA) Charlie Siskel
Tarde para la ira (Spa) Raúl Arévalo
King Of The Belgians (Bel-Neth-Bul) Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
Through The Wall (Laavor Et Hakin) (Isr) Rama Burshtein
Liberami (Ita-Fra) Federica di Giacomo
Big Big World (Koca Dünya) (Turk) Reha Erdem
Gukoroku (Japan) Ishikawa Kei
Maudite Poutine (Can) Karl Lemieux
São Jorge (Por-Fra) Marco Martins
Dawson City: Frozen Time (USA-Fra) Bill Morrison
Réparer les vivants (Fra-Bel) Katell Quillévéré
White Sun (Nep-USA-Qat-Neth) Deepak Rauniyar
Malaria (Ira) Parviz Shahbazi
Kékszakállú (Arg) Gastón Solnicki
Home (Bel) Fien Troch
Die Einsiedler (Ger-Aust) Ronny Trocker
Il più grande sogno (Ita) Michele Vannucci
Boys in the Trees (Aus) Nicholas Verso
Ku qian (Bitter Money) (HK-Fra) Wang Bing
Dark Night (USA) Tim Sutton

The Venice Film Festival takes place from 31 August-10 September. For our coverage follow this link.

John Bleasdale | @drjonty

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