Venice Film Festival 2020

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Dear Comrades! Dear Comrades!
Dear Comrades! and Notturno
And Tomorrow The Entire World (Country: Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Julia von Heinz; Writer: John Quester, Julia von Heinz; Stars: Mala Emde, Noah Saavedra, Tonio Schneider, Andreas Lust, Matthias Emberger, Lee Huang, Frieda Knabe, Raffael Armbruster, Mala Emde, Noah Saavedra, Tonio Schneider, Andreas Lust, Matthias Emberger, Lee Huang, Frieda Knabe)
A woman begins to go to extremes to fight the extreme right.
Dear Comrades! (Dorogie Tovarischi) (Country: Russia; Year: 2020; Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy; Writer: Elena Kiseleva, Andrey Konchalovskiy; Stars: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Alexander Maskelyne, Yuliya Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Alexander Maskelyne)
A devout communist witnesses a government shooting during a strike - which changes her life forever.
The Disciple (Country: India; Year: 2020; Director: Chaitanya Tamhane; Writer: Chaitanya Tamhane; Stars: Aditya Modak, Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave, Deepika Bhide Bhagwat, Kiran Yadnyopavit, Makarand Mukund, Prasad Vanarse)
Chaitanya Tamhane's masterfully composed second feature examines a lifetime journey devoted to the art of Indian classical music.
In Between Dying (Sepelenmis Ölümler Arasinda) (Country: Azerbaijan, US, Mexico; Year: 2020; Director: Hilal Baydarov; Writer: Hilal Baydarov, Rashad Safar; Stars: Orkhan Iskandarli, Rana Asgarova, Huseyn Nasirov, Samir Abbasov, Kamran Huseynov, Maryam Naghiyeva, Kubra Shukurova, Narmin Hasanova, Oktay Namazov, Murvat Abdulazizov, Gulara Huseynova, Gulnaz Ismayilova, Parviz Isagov, Orkhan Iskandarli, Rana Asgarova)
A man goes on a journey of discovery sparked by a series of accidents.
Laila In Haifa (Country: Israel; Year: 2020; Director: Amos Gitai; Stars: Bahira Ablassi, Tom Baum, Tsahi Halevi, Fayez Abu Haya, Khawla Ibraheem, Anuar Jour, Amir Khoury, Clara Khoury, Makram Khoury, Hana Laslo, Asher Lax, Josephine George Nasser, Naama Preis, Muzi Rap, Andrzej Seweryn)
The interwoven stories of five women are told over the course of a fateful night in a Haifa club.
Nomadland Nomadland
Nomadland and The Disciple
Lovers (Amants) (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Nicole Garcia; Writer: Jacques Fieschi, Nicole Garcia; Stars: Pierre Niney, Stacy Martin, Benoît Magimel, Roxane Duran, Mohamed Makhtoumi, Severino Negri, Mohamed Badissy, Magne-Håvard Brekke, Liberato Candiello, Jordano Ceresa, Jake Francois, Pierre Niney, Stacy Martin, Benoît Magimel, Roxane Duran)
An inseparable couple are forced apart following a crime... and meet again by chance three years later.
The Macaluso Sisters (Le sorelle Macaluso) (Country: Italy; Year: 2020; Director: Emma Dante; Writer: Emma Dante, Giorgio Vasta, Elena Stancanelli; Stars: Alissa Maria Orlando, Susanna Piraino, Anita Pomario, Eleonora De Luca, Donatella Finocchiaro, Viola Pusateri, Serena Barone, Simona Malato, Laura Giordani, Maria Rosaria Alati, Rosalba Bologna, Ileana Rigano, Alissa Maria Orlando, Susanna Piraino, Anita Pomario)
The childhood, adulthood and old age of five sisters born and raised in an apartment on the top floor of a small block in the suburbs of Palermo, where they live alone, without their parents.
Miss Marx (Country: Italy, Belgium; Year: 2020; Director: Susanna Nicchiarelli; Writer: Susanna Nicchiarelli; Stars: Romola Garai, Patrick Kennedy, John Gordon Sinclair, Felicity Montagu, Karina Fernandez, Emma Cunniffe, Philip Gröning, George Arrendell, Célestin Ryelandt, Oliver Chris, Alexandra Lewis, Georgina Sadler, Miel Van Hasselt, Freddy Drabble, Katie McGovern)
Biopic about Karl Marx’s youngest daughter Eleanor.
Never Gonna Snow Again (Śniegu Juz Nigdy Nie Bedzie) (Country: Poland, Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert; Writer: Michal Englert, Malgorzata Szumowska; Stars: Alec Utgoff, Weronika Rosati, Agata Kulesza, Maja Ostaszewska, Katarzyna Figura, Andrzej Chyra, Lukasz Simlat, Krzysztof Czeczot, Jaroslaw Milner, Alec Utgoff, Weronika Rosati, Agata Kulesza, Maja Ostaszewska, Katarzyna Figura, Andrzej Chyra)
A masseur from the East enters the lives of the rich residents of a bland, walled off community.
New Order (Nuevo Orden) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2020; Director: Michel Franco; Writer: Michel Franco; Stars: Diego Boneta, Dario Yazbek Bernal, Naian González Norvind, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Lisa Owen, Javier Sepulveda, Mónica Del Carmen, Sebastian Silveti, Patricia Bernal, Roberto Medina, Eligio Meléndez, Analy Castro, Enrique Singer, Fernando Cuautle, Diego Boneta)
A lavish upper-class wedding goes awry in an unexpected uprising of class warfare that gives way to a violent coup d’etat.
Never Gonna Snow Again Never Gonna Snow Again
Never Gonna Snow Again and In Between Dying
Nomadland (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Chloé Zhao; Writer: Chloé Zhao, based on the book by Jessica Bruder; Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Charlene Swankie, Bob Wells, Patricia Grier, Cat Clifford, Tay Strathairn, Peter Spears)
A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything following the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, lives as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
Notturno (Nocturne) (Country: Italy, France, Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Gianfranco Rosi; Writer: Gianfranco Rosi)
Documentary about the everyday life in the Middle East that lies behind the continuing tragedy of civil wars, ferocious dictatorships, foreign invasions and interference, up to the murderous apocalypse of ISIS.
Padrenostro (Country: Italy; Year: 2020; Director: Claudio Noce; Writer: Enrico Audenino, Claudio Noce; Stars: Pierfrancesco Favino, Barbara Ronchi, Francesco Colella, Marco Pancrazi, Antonio Gerardi, Mattia Garaci, Francesco Gheghi, Eleonora De Luca, Anna Maria De Luca, Mario Pupella, Simone Chiacchiararelli, Lea Favino, Pierfrancesco Favino, Barbara Ronchi, Francesco Colella)
A young boy's life is turned upside down when he witnesses and attack on his dad by a terror group.
Pieces Of A Woman (Country: Canada, Hungary, US; Year: 2020; Director: Kornél Mundruczó; Writer: Kata Wéber; Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Vanessa Kirby, Sarah Snook, Molly Parker, Ellen Burstyn, Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, Jimmie Fails, Vanessa Smythe, Tyrone Benskin, Domenic Di Rosa, Sean Tucker, Dusan Dukic, Noel Burton, Letitia Brookes)
Martha and Sean Carson are a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood whose lives change irrevocably during a home birth at the hands of a flustered midwife.
Quo Vadis, Aida (Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey; Year: 2020; Director: Jasmila Zbanic; Writer: Jasmila Zbanic; Stars: Johan Heldenbergh, Raymond Thiry, Boris Isakovic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Joes Brauers, Reinout Bussemaker, Izudin Bajrovic, Teun Luijkx, Jasna Djuricic, Alban Ukaj, Ermin Bravo, Ermin Sijamija, Sol Vinken, Juda Goslinga, Sanne den Hartogh)
A UN translator in Srebrenica when the Serbian army takes over the town faces a difficult choice.
Wife Of A Spy Wife Of A Spy
Wife Of A Spy and Quo Vadis, Aida
Sun Children (Korschid) (Country: Iran; Year: 2020; Director: Majid Majidi; Writer: Nima Javidi, Majid Majidi; Stars: Ali Nassirian, Javad Ezati, Tannaz Tabatabaei, Safar Mohammadi, Ali Ghabeshi, Roohollah Zamani, Shamila Shirzad, Abolfazl Shirzad, Mohammad Mahdi Mousavifar, Mani Ghafouri, Ali Nassirian, Javad Ezati, Tannaz Tabatabaei, Safar Mohammadi, Ali Ghabeshi)
Story of three kids, who work to support their families, and their quest to find treasure in a tunnel... but first they have to enrol in a school near its entrance.
Wife Of A Spy (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa; Writer: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Tadashi Nohara; Stars: Yû Aoi, Masahiro Higashide, Issey Takahashi, Hyunri, Yuri Tsunematsu, Ryôta Bandô, Chuck Johnson, Takashi Sasano, Minosuke, Yû Aoi, Masahiro Higashide, Issey Takahashi, Hyunri, Yuri Tsunematsu, Ryôta Bandô)
A couple struggle to overcome distrust and stay faithful in each other as war comes into their lives.
The World To Come (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Mona Fastvold; Writer: Ron Hansen, Jim Shepard, Jim Shepard; Stars: Vanessa Kirby, Katherine Waterston, Casey Affleck, Christopher Abbott, Andreea Vasile, Ioachim Ciobanu, Karina Ziana Gherasim, James Longshore, Sandra Personnic-House, Vanessa Kirby, Katherine Waterston, Casey Affleck, Christopher Abbott, Andreea Vasile, Ioachim Ciobanu)
In upstate New York in the 1850s, Abigail begins a new year on the rural farm where she lives with her husband Dyer. But a friendship with the wife of a new neighbour leads to trouble.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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