Venice Film Festival announces titles

Films by Joanna Hogg, Darren Aronofsky and Alejandro Inarritu join line-up

by Amber Wilkinson

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde
Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde Photo: Netflix
The line-up of the 79th Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10, has been announced.

The competition titles include directorial heavyhitters Joanna Hogg, Martin McDonagh, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, Darren Aronofsky and Andrew Dominik. Other notable names in competition are Luca Guadagnino, Jafar Panahi and Florian Zeller.

Hogg brings Wales-set The Eternal Daughter, which stars Tilda Swinton, while McDonagh brings The Banshees Of Inisherin, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Iñárritu's Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truth tells the tale of a journalist in an existential crisis, while Aronofsky, whose Black Swan opened the festival in 2010, brings The Whale, about an obese recluse, played by Brendan Fraser. Zeller will premiere The Son, his follow-up to Oscar-winning The Father, Dominik brings his Netflix original Marilyn Monroe drama Blonde and Guadagnino brings Bones And All, about cannibals on a road trip, starring Call Me By Your Name's Timothée Chalamet. The festival will also screen No Bears by Panahi, who was recently jailed in Iran amid international protest.

The festival will open with White Noise, as previously announced, and its competition jury will be headed by Julianne Moore and feature Audrey Diwan, Leonardo Di Costanzo, Mariano Cohn, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Leila Hatami and Kazuo Ishiguro.

The competition titles, and out of competition line-up are below


White Noise (opening film) (US), Dir. Noah Baumbach

Il Signore Delle Formiche (It), Dir. Gianni Amelio

The Whale (US), Dir. Darren Aronofsky

L’Immensita (It-Fr), Dir. Emanuele Crialese

Saint Omer (Fr), Dir. Alice Diop

Blonde (US), Dir. Andrew Dominik

TÁR (US), Dir. Todd Field

Love Life (Jap-Fr), Dir. Koji Fukada

Bardo, False Chronicle Of A Handful Of Truths (Mex), Dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Athena (Fr), Dir. Romain Gavras

Bones And All (US), Dir. Luca Guadagnino

The Eternal Daughter (UK-US), Dir. Joanna Hogg

Beyond The Wall (Iran), Dir. Vahid Jalilvand

The Banshees Of Inisherin (Ire-UK-US), Dir. Martin McDonagh

Argentina, 1985 (Arg-US), Dir. Santiago Mitre

Chiara (It-Bel), Dir. Susanna Nicchiarelli

Monica (US-It), Dir. Andrea Pallaoro

No Bears (Iran), Dir. Jafar Panahi

All The Beauty And The Bloodshed (documentary) (US), Dir. Laura Poitras

A Couple (Fr-US), Dir. Frederick Wiseman

The Son (UK), Dir. Florian Zeller

Our Ties (Fr), Dir. Roschdy Zem

Other People’s Children (Fr), Dir. Rebecca Zlotowski

Out Of Competition - fiction

The Hanging Sun (closing film), Dir. Francesco Carrozzini

When The Waves Are Gone, Dir. Lav Diaz

Living, Dir. Oliver Hermanus

Dead For A Dollar, Dir. Walter Hill

Call Of God, Dir. Kim Ki-duk

Dreamin’ Wild, Dir. Bill Pohlad

Master Gardener, Dir. Paul Schrader

Siccita, Dir. Paolo Virzi

Pearl, Dir. Ti West

Don’t Worry Darling, Dir. Olivia Wilde

Out Of Competition - non-fiction

Freedom On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom, Dir. Evgeny Afineevsky

The Matchmaker, Dir. Benedetta Argentieri

Gli Ultimi Giorni Dell’umanita, Dir. Enrico Ghezzi, Alessandro Gagliardo

A Compassionate Spy, Dir. Steve James

Music For Black Pigeons, Dir. Jorgen Leth, Andreas Koefoed

The Kiev Trial, Dir. Sergei Loznitsa

In Viaggio, Dir. Gianfranco Rosi

Bobi Wine Ghetto President, Dir. Christopher Sharp, Moses Bwayo

Nuclear, Dir. Oliver Stone

Out Of Competition - series

The Kingdom Exodus, Dir. Lars von Trier

Copenhagen Cowboy, Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn

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