Venice Film Festival 2022: Line-up, attendees, and everything else to know

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The 79th Venice Film Festival is just around the corner, and now the full lineup has been announced.

At an hour and twenty minute press conference yesterday, the president of the Venice Film Festival, Roberto Cacto, and the director, Alberto Barbera, introduced the films that will make the rounds at the Lido this year.

While there aren’t any major blockbusters headlining the festival — like 2019’s Joker and last year’s Dune — the packed roster includes dozens of big names, major film studios and Venice stalwarts. Actors Cate Blanchett, Harry Styles, Timothée Chalamet and Greta Gerwig are just a few of the actors confirmed to attend the festival.

Excited returnees

Martin McDonagh – whose Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was awarded best screenplay in 2017 before winning two Oscars – will helm The Banshees of Insherin. It’s a story about what happens between two friends when one of them suddenly ends their relationship, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

Alejandro G Iñárritu, who won an Oscar for Birdman, is producing the Netflix-backed Spanish-language film Bardo. It is the story of a journalist from Mexico who returns home and has to come to grips with the different elements of his life.

Timothée Chalamet will reunite with the director of Call Me by Your Name who made his career debut in the new film Bones and All. Luca Guadagnino’s new film will also star Taylor Russell (Escape Room) and Chloë Sevigny and will follow the love story between two disenfranchised teenagers traveling across America.

Speaking about his upcoming film, Guadagnino said: “This film is a meditation for me on who I am and how I can control my emotions, especially if it’s something I’m dealing with myself. can’t control. And finally, and most importantly, when will I be able to find myself in another’s eyes?”

The viewers

Todfeld’s Tarr stars Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tarr, the first female chief conductor of Germany’s most prestigious orchestra and already an Oscar winner. Hildor Gunadottir, who composed the music for Joker, is on board as the film’s composer.

French director and novelist Florian Zeller, whose acclaimed play The Father was adapted into a 2020 film starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, and won two Oscars, will present The Sun. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Vanessa Kirby, Laura Dern and Anthony Hopkins and tells the story of a man’s new life when his ex-wife and teenage son show up.

Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, will also be screened at the festival. The film has been making waves for weeks, partly because Wilde was presented with divorce papers while talking about the new film on stage and partly because it stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, Gemma Chan and Starring Chris Pine. The psychological horror thriller tells a story that feels like half Stepford Wives and half The Truman Show: A housewife lives in a town in the 1950s and sees the small cracks that begin to appear in her otherwise perfect life.

All the beauty and gore of Laura Poitras also looks like it will make waves at the festival. The documentary follows photographer Nan Golden’s battle against a big pharma-sackler family. Poitras won an Oscar in 2014 for Citizen Four – a documentary about Edward Snowden.

A foreign favorite

Other films on the list that are receiving high praise are Alice Dewp’s Saint Omer. It tells the story of a novelist who participates in a trial to use the story to write a modern-day adaptation of a media fiction. Things, predictably, don’t go to plan.

Next, Penelope Cruise will star in Emanuele Crialese’s L’Immensità. The drama film is set in 1970s Rome and tells the story of the Borghetti family as they move into a new apartment block. Crelis’ 2011 film Terraforma was also screened at the Lido before being selected as the Italian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.

Excitement is also building around Iranian director Vahid Jalilwand’s film Beyond the Wall. Jalilund’s second film, 2017’s No Date, No Signature, won him the Horizonte Award for Best Director at Venice that year.

Netflix dominates.

It’s no surprise that Netflix has films showing at the festival, but what’s perhaps surprising is how important the streaming giant has become in Venice, with Andrew Dominick’s Blonde, Marilyn Monroe A biopic about, starring Ana de Armas, Line-Up

Netflix will also open the festival with Noah Baumbach’s White Noise, a black comedy-horror drama based on Don DeLillo’s 1985 novel of the same name. It will star Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig.

French filmmaker Romain Gavras, perhaps best known for directing MIA’s Bad Girls music video and Jay-Z and Kanye West’s No Church in the Wild video, will screen his Netflix-backed film Athena, his Follows the lives of three siblings after being the youngest. Brother dies.

Speaking to Variety, Barbera said: “Right now, Netflix is ​​the most aggressive and important player in this space.

He has become one of the greatest producers of contemporary auteur cinema. They make more automated films than all the studios put together.

The A24 reaches Venice.

A24 is also screening three films at this year’s festival: The Whale, a story about a 42-stone man who tries to reconnect with his daughter from director Darren Aronofsky, from director Ti West; from Pearl, starring Mia Goth as the villain. Pearl, and Joanna Hogg’s The Eternal Daughter. The film will star Carly Sophia Davis, Tilda Swinton and Joseph Middel.

Earlier, A24 refused to show its films in Venice. Speaking to Variety, Barbera said: “Their attitude has changed. They’ve always had a very interesting line-up, but I’ve never been able to convince them to invest in Venice. Fortunately. , that has changed this year.”

Does politics play a role?

During the press conference, Barbera spoke about the war between Russia and Ukraine, commenting on the “threat to European democracies from Putin’s imperialism”.

The documentary Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom by director Evgeny Afinevsky is on this year’s list.

Russian filmmakers are not banned from the festival, but films supported by the Russian state will not be included in the final selection.

Speaking about the issue, Barbera said: “We received very few films from Russia this year. There was only one Russian film I saw that I really liked, but it was funded by the Russian government. So we couldn’t take it.

Iran also has four titles, including Jafar Panahi’s Nine Bears. During the conference, Barbera expressed his support for the Iranian directors, saying they were “guilty of simply exercising their right to freedom of expression.”

How do awards work?

This year the jury will be chaired by Julianne Moore. The festival has eight major awards, the most prestigious of which is the Golden Lion (Leon d’Oro), which goes to the best competition film of the festival. Last year, the honor was given to Audrey Devan’s French film, Happening. The Grand Jury Prize is then awarded to the runner-up, while the Special Jury Prize is awarded to the third best film.

The Silver Line (Leon D’Argento) is the highest award presented to the best director in the competition, the Volpi Cup (Copa Volpi) is awarded to the best actor, the Golden Ocella is awarded to either the best screenplay. Or there’s Best Technical Contribution and a Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Emerging Actor.

Finally, the Special Lion is awarded to a film director or actor for an overall work that is presented in the main part of the competition.

The full line-up

Competition

All beauty and bloodshed – Laura Poitras

Argentina, 1985 – Santiago Meter

Athena – Romain Gavras

The Banshees of Enshrine – Martin McDonagh

The Bardo (or The False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths) – Alejandro G. Inarretto

Beyond the Wall – The Only Jalilund

Blonde – Andrew Dominick

Bones and All – Luca Guadagnino

Chiara – Susanna Nicchiarelli

A pair – Frederick Wiseman

Eternal Daughter – Joanna Hogg

L’Immensità – Emanuele Crialese

Love Life – Koji Fukada

Monica – Andrea Pilaro

No Bear – Jafar Panahi

Other People’s Children – Rebecca Zlotowski

Our Relations – Roschdy Zem

Saint Omer – Alice Dupp

Il Signore delle formiche – Gianni Amelio

Son – Florian Zeller

Tar – Todd Field

Whale – Darren Aronofsky

White Noise – Noah Baumbach

Out of competition – fiction films.

God’s Call – Kim’s Dick

Died for a Dollar – Walter Hill

Don’t Worry Darling – Olivia Wilde

Dreamin’ Wild – Bill Pohlad

Siccità – Paolo Virzi

Suspended Sun – Francesco Carrozzini

Live – Oliver Hermans

Master Gardener – Paul Schrader

Pearl – Ti West

When the Waves Gone – Lav Diaz

Out of Competition – Documentaries.

Presidents of the Bobby Wine Ghetto – Christopher Sharp, Moses Boyo

A Compassionate Detective – Steve James

Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Independence – Evgeny Afinevsky

In Viaggio – Gianfranco Rosi

Kyiv Trial – Sergei Luzintsa

Matchmaker – Benedetta Argentieri

Music for Black Doves – Jürgen Leith, Andreas Kofod

Nuclear – Oliver Stone

Gli Ultimi Giorni Dell’Umanità – Enrico Ghezzi, Alessandro Gagliardo

Short films.

Look at me – Sally Potter

Maid – Lucretia Martel

Series

Copenhagen Cowboys – Nicolas Winding Refn

Kingdom Exodus – Lars von Trier

The Venice Film Festival 2022 will run from August 31 to September 10.