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VENICE 2020 Out of Competition

Quentin Dupieux, Luca Guadagnino and Abel Ferrara selected out of competition on the Lido


- Lasciami andare by Stefano Mordini will be Venice’s closing film; the special events include the series 30 Coins, directed by Álex de la Iglesia

Quentin Dupieux, Luca Guadagnino and Abel Ferrara selected out of competition on the Lido
Mandibles by Quentin Dupieux

Eight fiction films and 11 non-fiction titles, plus three special screenings, comprise the jam-packed Out of Competition programme of the 77th Venice Film Festival (2-12 September), as announced by artistic director Alberto Barbera this morning during a live-streamed press conference (see the news on the Venice 77 and Orizzonti competitions).

Among the works of fiction on this list, besides the previously announced opening film (The Ties by Daniele Luchetti – see the news), is also the movie that will have the honour of closing this year’s Mostra: it will be another Italian title, Lasciami andare by Stefano Mordini, a psychological thriller filmed during the period of high water levels in Venice, starring Valeria Golino, Stefano Accorsi, Maya Sansa and Serena Rossi. In the same section is Assandira by Salvatore Mereu, an “unmissable” film, according to Barbera, starring Fabrizio Rongione, Barbora Bobulova, and author and poet Gavino Ledda. Set in rural Sardinia, it hinges on an agritourism business that aims to enable people, particularly tourists from Northern Europe, to immerse themselves in the traditional bucolic way of life on Sardinia.

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From the UK comes The Duke by Roger Michell (Notting Hill), the true story of a taxi driver who, in 1961, stole a Goya portrait from the National Gallery in exchange for an unusual ransom, a film starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent “that takes its cue from Ken Loach”, as specified by Barbera. From Poland comes Mosquito State by Filip Jan Rymsza, a “curious, unclassifiable movie teetering between science fiction and horror”, while rocking up from France is the “surreal and absurd” Mandibles [+see also:
film profile
by Quentin Dupieux.

Standing out among the non-fiction titles out of competition, in addition to the pre-opening film by Andrea Segre (see the news), is Salvatore: The Shoemaker of Dreams by Luca Guadagnino, a “fearless biopic” that pieces together the fascinating human, artistic and entrepreneurial story of cobbler to the stars Salvatore Ferragamo, from his childhood in Bonito (Avellino), where he made his very first shoes, to his voyage to America in search of his fortune, from his experiences in Hollywood to his return to Italy, and from his near-bankruptcy to the renaissance of his Florence workshop.

Furthermore, other titles announced, again out of competition, are Greta by Nathan Grosmann, on young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg; La verità su La Dolce Vita by Giuseppe Pedersoli, an original tale about birth, disaster foretold, and the myth of the world’s most famous Italian film; Sportin' Life by Abel Ferrara, an ode to cinema and music, which cements the friendship between the US director and actor Willem Dafoe; the British title Final Account by Luke Holland, “a dense and original account of the Holocaust”; and Paolo Conte, via con me by Giorgio Verdelli, an ironic portrait of one of the greatest artists in Italian music, through music, exclusive interviews and unseen footage. Among the non-European titles are Crazy, Not Insane by Alex Gibney (USA), about the professional escapades of an American criminologist dealing with serial killers who were recorded while under hypnosis, and City Hall by Frederick Wiseman.

Finally, standing out among the special special screenings is the first episode of 30 Coins, the horror series directed by Álex de la Iglesia for HBO Spain.

UPDATE 3 August: Two films have been added to the Out Of Competition line-up, The Human Voice by Pedro Almodóvar and One Night in Miami by Regina King.

Here is the complete list of films:

Out of Competition


The Ties - Daniele Luchetti (Italy) (opening film)
Lasciami andare - Stefano Mordini (Italy) (closing film)
Mandibles [+see also:
film profile
- Quentin Dupieux (France/Belgium)
Love After Love - Ann Hui (China)
Assandira - Salvatore Mereu (Italy)
The Duke - Roger Michell (UK)
Night in Paradise - Park Hoon-Jung (South Korea)
Mosquito State - Filip Jan Rymsza (Poland)
The Human Voice - Pedro Almodóvar (Spain) (short film)
One Night in Miami - Regina King (USA)

Fiction - Special Screenings

30 Coins - Álex de la Iglesia (Spain) (series)
Princess Europe - Camille Lotteau (France)
Omelia contadina - Alice Rohrwacher, JR (Italy/France) (short film)


Molecole - Andrea Segre (Italy) (pre-opening film)
Sportin' Life
- Abel Ferrara (Italy)
Crazy, Not Insane - Alex Gibney (USA)
Greta - Nathan Grossman (Sweden)
Salvatore, Shoemaker of Dreams - Luca Guadagnino (Italy)
Final Account - Luke Holland (UK)
La verità su La Dolce Vita - Giuseppe Pedersoli (Italy)
Narciso em férias - Renato Terra, Ricardo Calil (Brazil)
Paolo Conte, via con me - Giorgio Verdelli (Italy)
Hopper/Welles - Orson Welles (USA)
City Hall - Frederick Wiseman (USA)

Biennale College Cinema

El arte de volver - Pedro Collantes (Spain/Italy)
Fucking with Nobody - Hannaleena Hauru (Finland/Italy)

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(Translated from Italian)

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