Venice International Film Festival announces its line up for 2017

Posted on 28 July, 2017 by Team Wishberry

The 74th edition of the Venice International Film Festival announced its line up of films. With Alexander Payne’s Downsizing opening the festival on August 30, its world premiere section boasts of an impressive list of much-awaited titles.

Here’s a roundup of what one can expect from the festival this year.

World Premiere

The Shape of Water| Guillermo Del Toro

119 minutes

Set in the era of the Cold War (1963 to be exact), this film has been billed as an “other-worldly fairy tale”, where two women, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and Zelda (Octavia Spencer) chance upon a secret classified document while working in a high security government facility.

You can read our review of the trailer here.

Downsizing | Alexander Payne

140 minutes

Featuring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, this film is a social satire in which a man realizes that by shrinking himself, he can have a better shot at life.

Lean on Pete | Andrew Haigh

121 minutes

Adapted from a novel of the same name by Willy Vlautin, Lean on Pete is the story of a young boy’s search for a home and his long-lost aunt. His only companion in the journey is a stolen racehorse called Lean on Pete.

Suburbicon | George Clooney

104 minutes

George collaborated with long-time associate Coen brothers for this deadpan black comedy where the tranquil existence of a family is shattered when a home invasion goes wrong. The film features Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.

Mother! | Darren Aronofsky

120 minutes

Mother! is one of the most anticipated films this year! Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Mother! is a psychological thriller about a couple whose life turns topsy-turvy due to the visit of uninvited guests.

Human Flow | Ai Weiwei

140 minutes

Filmed in 23 countries over the course of a year, renowned activist Ai Weiwei’s work is about the staggering refugee crisis the world faces today. Amazon Studios has acquired the US distribution rights of the film and will release it later this year.

Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno | Abdellatif Kechiche

180 minutes

Palme D’Or winning Tunisian-French writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche is back with his next film. Although not much is known about the plot of the film, it is said to be loosely based on Antoine Bégaudeau’s novel La blessure, la vraie. Kechiche’s last film was the stunning Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

The other films that will hold their world premiere at Venice include, Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult, Caniba by Leviathan directors Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravell, Ex Libris: New York Public Library by Frederick Wiseman, and Paul Schrader’s First Reformed starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, and Cedric Kyles.

Out of Competition

Our Souls At Night | Ritesh Batra

101 minutes

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford star in this film as neighbours who find a connection.

Outrage Coda | Takeshi Kitano

104 minutes

Often referred to as the modern-day Akira Kurosawa, Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage Coda is an all-out action film where two warring gangs put everything to risk to maintain their supremacy.

Brawl In Cell Block 99 | S. Craig Zahler

132 minutes

Starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, and Tom Guiry, is about a boxer-turned-drug runner who lands in prison and is pulled into its raging battleground.

The Private Life Of A Modern Woman | James Toback

71 minutes

This film is set in New York and it tells the tale of a woman who is known to the world as the ‘best actress in the world’. The film features Sienna Miller, Alec Baldwin, Charles Grodin, Colleen Camp, and Carl Icahn.

Some of the other titles included in the Out of Competition section include, Cuba and the Cameraman by Jon Alpert, Gianni Amelio’s Casa D’Atri and David Batty’s My Generation featuring Michael Caine.

The other sections of film presentations at Venice include:

Venice Virtual Reality: This section will feature VR films in the competition category as well as a selection of Out of Competition films.

Orizzonti: This section will feature films that have pushed the boundaries of expression and which hint at the latest aesthetic trends.

Venice Classics: With names like Steven Spielberg and Jean Luc Godard, this section is a tribute to the greats of cinema.

Apart from these, Venice Film Festival will also showcase debut works — independently organized by a commission nominated by the Sindacato Nazionale Critici Cinematografici Italiani (SNCCI).

Venice International Film Festival will commence on August 30 and end on September 9.

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