Take out your camera (or your smartphone, it’s 2022 anyway), the stars are out! In a month begins the 79th Venice Film Festival, which will host an audience of celebrities such as Penelope Cruz or Cate Blanchett.
In total, 23 films will be in the running for the prestigious Golden Lion for best film at this Mostra, which aims to be “a window open to the world”, underlined during his online presentation the artistic director Alberto Barbera, denouncing in particular the detention of three filmmakers in Iran. One of them, Jafar Panahi, who is to serve a six-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime”, will moreover be in competition with Kherst Nist (“Bears don’t exist”).
Cocorico in Venice
France is particularly well represented this year with no less than five films in competition: Other people’s children by Rebecca Zlotowski with Virginie Efira, A couple by Frederick Wiseman (with actress Nathalie Boutefeu), Minea family portrait signed Roschdy Zem, Athena by Romain Gavras on a revolt in the suburbs, and Saint Omer by Alice Diop, a first film on infanticide. French filmmaker and writer Florian Zeller offered himself Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern and Anthony Hopkins for The sonhis new theatrical text on father-son relationships.
There will be no shortage of stars this year on the red carpet at the Lido facing the sea: the Spanish star Penelope Cruz is the protagonist of an Italian film, the immensity by Emanuele Crialese, while the Australian Cate Blanchett embodies a conductor in ART by Todd Field.
This festival will also mark the return of Darren Aronofsky with The Whale (“The Whale”), taken from a play and starring Brendan Fraser. Another big name: the Mexican Alejandro Inarritu, with a “very personal” film according to Alberto Barbera: Bardo, the false chronicle of some truths.
Timothée Chalamet and Colin Farrell starring
Highly anticipated, Bones and all, by Italian Luca Guadagnino, boasts a Hollywood cast, from Timothée Chalamet to Chloë Sevigny. Briton Tilda Swinton will be in the credits of The Eternal Daughter by Joanna Hogg, while Colin Farrell will be the protagonist of The Banshees of Inisherin by Martin McDonagh.
Blonde hair by Andrew Dominik, a Marilyn Monroe-inspired film starring Ana de Armas in the title role and Adrien Brody, is sure to turn heads. The activism of artist-photographer Nan Goldin will be at the center of All the beauty and the bloodshed by Laura Poitras, on the opiate drug scandal in the United States. Finally, it is to White Noise by Noah Baumbach, with Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, who will have the honor of opening the Venetian competition.
Catherine Deneuve, guest of honor
The jury of the Mostra is chaired this year by the American actress Julianne Moore, surrounded in particular by the French director Audrey Diwan and the Nobel Prize for Literature Kazuo Ishiguro. As always, the Mostra will also be marked by many out-of-competition events, such as the presentation of the documentary by Gianfranco Rosi In viaggio (“En voyage”), made from images of Pope Francis visiting the world.
French actress Isabelle Huppert, accustomed to red carpets, will be present in the parallel section “Horizons” with The trade unionist by Jean-Paul Salomé, while the very controversial Oliver Stone will present his documentary Nuclear. Another French star, Catherine Deneuve, will receive an honorary Golden Lion.