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VENICE 2022 Competition / Out of Competition

Great masters, confirmations and debuts at the 79th Venice Film Festival

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- Five Italian films and five French titles are in competition at the festival directed by Alberto Barbera, which will take place from 31 August to 10 September on the Lido

Great masters, confirmations and debuts at the 79th Venice Film Festival
L'immensità by Emanuele Crialese

“Festivals are not a bubble closed off to contemporary reality”. Thus began the presentation by artistic director Alberto Barbera of the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival, announcing initiatives in support of Ukraine and the many filmmakers deprived of freedom around the world. Barbera then announced the titles in Competition and Out of Competition. Besides the already announced White Noise by Noah Baumbach (read the news), the festival will also welcome great masters, confirmations and debuts.

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Lord of the Ants [+see also:
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by Gianni Amelio is a film about the “Braibanti case” which caused a sensation in Italy in the 1960s, with the conviction for plagiarism of an intellectual close to Pasolini and Bertolucci; Marco Bellocchio produces the film. Another filmmaker making their return to the festival is Emanuele Crialese (after Terraferma [+see also:
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in 2011) with L’immensità [+see also:
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, starring Penélope CruzChiara [+see also:
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by Susanna Nicchiarelli shines a light on the character of Santa Chiara. Luca Guadagnino will present Bones and All, a portrait of the victims of the failure of the American dream, shot in the Midwest in the United States. Also shot in the USA is Monica [+see also:
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by Andrea Pallaoro, starring trans actress Trace Lysette.

In Other People's Children, with Virginie Efira, Rebecca Zlotowski tackles the delicate theme of motherhood, the desire for it and its many and unexpected forms. In Our Ties, French actor-director Roschdy Zem centres on a bourgeois family of Maghreb origin. Director Romain Gavras is also selected with Athena [+see also:
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, a film about the intense life of the banlieue, written with Ladj Ly (Les Misérables [+see also:
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). The only feature debut in competition is Saint Omer, centred on the trial of a mother who has killed her daughter, and directed by Alice Diop, who comes from the world of documentaries, while Frederick Wiseman makes his first foray into fiction cinema with A Couple, about the complex emotional relationship between Tolstoy and his wife.

The Eternal Daughter, the new film from British filmmaker Joanna Hogg, is a ghost story starring Tilda Swinton, and revolves around the mother-daughter relationship. Highly anticipated following the worldwide success of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [+see also:
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, Irish filmmaker Martin McDonagh returns with The Banshees of Inisherin [+see also:
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, a “story à la Beckett”, as described by Barbera.

Darren Aronofsky returns with The Whale, based on a play and shot during the pandemic. Highly anticipated as well is the Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blonde, by Andrew Dominik, starring Ana De Armas. Cate Blanchett will meanwhile be the lead in Todd Field's Tár, playing an orchestra conductor. One of the most talked about titles, since it has been in the works for five years, is Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths by Alejandro González Iñárritu, a very personal three-hour film in which the Mexican director pours out his obsessions and nightmares. Beyond the Wall, from Iranian director Vahid Jalilvand who has twice appeared in the Orizzonti section, is a metaphor for the country's political and social conflicts. Also projected on the Lido will be No Bears, the fourth film secretly shot by Jafar Panahi. Argentine director Santiago Mitre is selected for the first time on the Lido with Argentina, 1985, as are Japanese director Kôji Fukada, with Love Life [+see also:
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, and American documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, with All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, about photographer Nan Goldin.

Standing out in the Out of Competition subsection are the series The Kingdom Exodus by Lars von Trier and Copenhagen Cowboy by Nicolas Winding Refn, as are the films The Hanging Sun by Francesco Carrozzini (closing film), adapted from the thriller by Jo Nesbo; Master Gardener by Paul Schrader, who will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement; Call of God, a posthumous film by Kim Ki-duk; Siccità, an ensemble film by Paolo Virzì; and the highly anticipated film by Olivia Wilde, Don't Worry Darling, starring Harry Styles, which is “reminiscent of The Truman Show, but with an originality all its own” added Barbera.

Among the documentaries playing out of competition, we see the return of Sergei Loznitsa with The Kiev Trial, about the first trial of nazi leaders in Ukraine; In viaggio by Gianfranco Rosi, which follows Pope Francis in his numerous travels; and Nuclear by Oliver Stone, which, with its controversial ideas, is sure to be a cause for debate.

The films selected in the other sections have also been unveiled today: those in Venice Classics Documentaries and Biennale College Cinema (read below) and those in Orizzonti (read the news).

The films selected:

Competition

White Noise - Noah Baumbach (USA) (opening film)
Lord of the Ants [+see also:
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- Gianni Amelio (Italy)
The Whale - Darren Aronofsky (USA)
L'immensità [+see also:
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- Emanuele Crialese (Italy/France)
Saint Omer - Alice Diop (France)
Blonde - Andrew Dominik (USA)
Tár - Todd Field (USA)
Love Life [+see also:
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- Kôji Fukada (Japan/France)
Athena [+see also:
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- Romain Gavras (France)
Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths - Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico)
Bones and All - Luca Guadagnino (USA/Italy)
The Eternal Daughter - Joanna Hogg (UK/USA)
Beyond the Wall - Vahid Jalilvand (Iran)
The Banshees of Inisherin [+see also:
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- Martin McDonagh (Ireland/UK/USA)
Argentina, 1985 - Santiago Mitre (Argentina/USA)
Chiara [+see also:
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- Susanna Nicchiarelli (Italy/Belgium)
Monica [+see also:
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- Andrea Pallaoro (USA/Italy)
No Bears - Jafar Panahi (Iran)
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed - Laura Poitras (USA)
A Couple - Frederick Wiseman (France/USA)
The Son - Florian Zeller (UK)
Our Ties - Roschdy Zem (France)
Other People's Children - Rebecca Zlotowski (France)

Out of Competition - Fiction

The Hanging Sun - Francesco Carrozzini (closing film)
When the Waves Are Gone - Lav Diaz
Living - Oliver Hermanus
Dead for a Dollar - Walter Hill
Call of God - Kim Ki-duk
Dreamin' Wild - Bill Pohlad
Master Gardener - Paul Schrader
Siccitá - Paolo Virzì
Pearl - Ti West
Don't Worry Darling - Olivia Wilde

Out of Competition - Non-Fiction

Freedom on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - Evgeny Afineevsky
The Matchmaker - Benedetta Argentieri
Gli ultimi giorni dell'umanità - Enrico Ghezzi, Alessandro Gagliardo
A Compassionate Spy - Steve James
Music for Black Pigeons - Jorgen Leth, Andreas Koefoed
The Kiev Trial - Sergei Loznitsa
In viaggio - Gianfranco Rosi
Bobi Wine Ghetto President - Christopher Sharp, Moses Bwayo
Nuclear - Oliver Stone

Out of Competition - Short Films

Camarera de piso - Lucrecia Martel
A guerra finita - Simone Massi
In quanto a noi - Simone Massi
Look at Me - Sally Potter

Out of Competition - Series

The Kingdom Exodus - Lars von Trier
Copenhagen Cowboy - Nicolas Winding Refn

Venice Classics Documentaries

Ragtag - Giuseppe Boccassini
Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy - Nancy Buirski
Fragments of Paradise - KD Davison
Franco Zeffirelli, conformista ribelle - Anselma Dell'Olio
Jerry Schatzberg, portrait paysage - Pierre Filmon
Godard seul le cinéma - Cyril Leuthy
The Ghost of Richard Harris - Adrian Sibley
Bonnie - Simon Wallon
Sergio Leone - L'italiano che inventò l'America - Francesco Zippel

Biennale College Cinema

Come le tartarughe - Monica Dugo
Banu - Tahmina Rafaella
Mountain Onion - Eldar Shibanov
Palimpsest - Hanna Västinsalo

Biennale College Cinema - Virtual Reality

Elele - Sjoerd van Acker
Mono - Chiara Troisi
Chroma 11 - Tsang Tsui-Shan

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