The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world, dating back to 1932. Considered the most prestigious international film festival, it takes place in early fall, typically in August or September, and now, a little more than a month away from this year’s festivities, they have revealed their complete line-up of films, including Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven.
There are two major categories at the film festival: in competition and out of competition.
The proceedings will open with the in competition La La Land from director Damien Chazelle. It stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as artists trying to make it in Los Angeles and subsequently fall in love.
Other major features in competition include Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander as a couple who live off the coast and discover a baby when she washes up to shore; and the romantic black comedy thriller film The Bad Batch from Ana Lily Amirpour starring Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey, and Keanu Reeves detailing a love story among a group of cannibals in Texas. Directors Tom Ford, Terrance Malick, and Dennis Villeneuve will also debut films in competition at Venice this year.
Here is the complete list of competition films:
Ana Lily Amirpour, THE BAD BATCH
Stephane Brize, UNE VIE
Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND
Derek Cianfrance, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat, EL CIUDADONO ILUSTRE
Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti, SPIRA MIRABILIS
Lav Diaz, THE WOMEN WHO LEFT
Amat Escalante, LA REGION SALVAJE
Tom Ford, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
Roan Johnson, PIUMA
Andrei Konchalovsky, PARADISE
Martin Koolhoven, BRIMSTONE
Emir Kusturica, ON THE MILKY ROAD
Pablo Larrain, JACKIE
Terrence Malick, VOYAGE OF TIME
Christopher Murray, EL CRISTO CIEGO
Francois Ozon, FRANTZ
Giuseppe Piccioni, QUESTI GIORNI
Denis Villeneuve, ARRIVAL
Wim Wenders, LES BEAUX JOURS
Out of competition, attendees will have the chance to see Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, the fifth feature film he’s directed. The film follows Desmond T. Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, a medic in World War II who was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving over 75 lives while under enemy fire. It’s been a decade since Gibson’s last directorial feature, Apocalypto. Also in the out of competition line-up is The Bleeder by Philippe Falardeau about a heavyweight boxer, played by Liev Schreiber, who challenges heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali for the world title.
The festival will end with The Magnificent Seven as an out of competition feature.
Here is the complete list of out of competition films:
Paulo Sorrentino, THE YOUNG POPE, Episodes 1 & 2
Philippe Falardeau, THE BLEEDER
Antoine Fuqua, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
Mel Gibson, HACKSAW RIDGE
Nick Hamm, THE JOURNEY
Benoit Jacquot, A JAMAIS
Yasushi Kawamuya, GANTZ: O
Jee Woon Kim, THE AGE OF SHADOWS
Amir Naderi, MONTE
Kim Rossi Stuart, TOMMASO
Bruno Chiaravalloti, Claudio Jampaglia, Benedette Argentieri, OUR WAR
Kasper Collin, I CALLED HIM MORGAN
Andrew Dominik, ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING
Sergei Loznitsa, AUSTERLITZ
Francesco Munzi, ASSALTO AL CIELO
Ulrich Seidl, SAFARI
Charlie Siskel, AMERICAN ANARCHIST
Venice International Film Festival will be held from August 31 – September 10, with a total of 55 features set to screen.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor