Venice Film Festival lineup announced

The Venice Film Festival is set to host a variety of Hollywood royalty as they all return to the iconic Lido to present their newest films.

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The lineup for the 79th Venice Film Festival has been announced. Noah Baumbach’s White Noise will open the festival, as announced previously. The film stars Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig (who is busy with her new film Barbie) and is an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name.

Closing the festival is Francesco Carrozzini’s The Hanging Sun. This year’s jury is helmed by actress Julianne Moore, whilst Catherine Deneuve and Paul Schrader will receive Special Lifetime Achievement Golden Lions at the festival.

The competition strand is a doozy. It includes Andrew Dominik’s highly-anticipated film Blonde, in which Ana De Armas stars as Marilyn Monroe. In competition are also Joanna Hogg’s The Eternal Daughter, Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale and Koji Fukada’s Love Life

Venice Film Festival Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo at the 78th Venice Film Festival in 2021

Also returning to the Lido is Alejandro González Iñárritu with his new film Bardo, which is also part of the official competition lineup. Bardo is the director’s first film since 2015’s The Revenant which finally won Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar (he only had to eat raw bison liver to gain it…).

Laura Poitras, who won an Oscar for Best Documentary for her Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour, is premiering her new film, All The Beauty and The Bloodshed. It will premiere in competition, as will Frederick Wiseman’s new documentary, Un Couple.

Other titles for the festival include the premieres for Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, Oliver Stone’s Nuclear, Oliver Hermanus’ Living as well as Paul Schrader’s new film Master Gardener

Venice also continues its habit of including one grisly, mainstream horror film in its lineup. Last year, Michael Myers hacked his way through several victims in Halloween Kills and this year, Ti West is bringing his film Pearl, which is a prequel to West’s film X, a slasher released earlier this year. 

The festival will also see two TV series in its lineup. Lars Von Trier will premiere The Kingdom Exodus and Nicolas Winding Refn will bring Copenhagen Cowboy to the Lido. 

Here’s the lineup in its full glory:


White Noise, dir: Noam Baumbach (opening night film)

Il Signore Delle Formiche, dir: Gianni Amelio

The Whale, dir: Darren Aronofsky

L’Imensita, dir: Emanuel Crialese

Saint Omer, dir: Alice Diop

Blonde, dir: Andrew Dominik

Tar, dir: Todd Field

Love Life, dir: Koji Fukada

Bardo, False Chronicle Of A Handful Of Truths, dir: Alejandro G. Inarritu

Athena, dir: Romain Gavras

Bones And All, dir: Luca Guadagnino

The Eternal Daughter, dir: Joanna Hogg

Beyond The Wall, dir: Vahid Jalilvand

The Banshees Of Inisherin, dir: Martin McDonagh

Argentina 1985, dir: Santiago Mitre

Chiara, dir: Susanna Nicchiarelli

Monica, dir: Andrea Pallaoro

No Bears, dir: Jafar Panahi

All The Beauty And The Bloodshed, dir: Laura Poitras

A Couple, dir: Frederick Wiseman

The Son, dir: Florian Zeller

Our Ties, dir: Roschdy Zem

Other People’s Children, dir: Rebecca Zlotowski


Fiction films

The Hanging Sun, dir: Francesco Carrozzini (closing night film)

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

Drought, dir: Paolo Virzi

Pearl, dir: Ti West

Don’t Worry Darling, dir: Olivia Wilde


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

The Matchmaker, dir: Benedetta Argentieri

Gli Ultimi Giorni Dell’Umanita, dirs, Enrico Ghezzi, Alessandro Gagliardo

A Compassionate Spy, dir: Steve James

Music For Black Pigeons, dirs, Jorgen Leth, Andreas Koefoed

The Kiev Trial, dir: Sergei Loznitsa

In Viaggio, dir: Gianfranco Rosi

Bobi Wine Ghetto President, dirs, Christopher Sharp, Moses Bwayo

Nuclear, dir: Oliver Stone

Short Films

Maid, dir: Lucretia Martel

Look At Me, dir: Sally Potter


The Kingdom Exodus, dir: Lars von Trier

Copenhagen Cowboys, dir: Nicolas Winding Refn


Origin Of Evil, dir: Sebastien Mariner

Hanging Gardens, dir: Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji

Amanda, dir: Carolina Cavalli

Zapatos Rojos, dir: Carlos Eichelmann Kaiser

Nezhou, dir: Soudade Kaadan

Notte Fantasma, dir: Fulvio Risuleo

Without Her, dir: Arian Vazirdaftari

Valeria Is Getting Married, dir: Michael Vinik

Goliath, dir: Adilkhan Yerzhanov



Princess, Roberto De Paolis

On The Fringe, dir: Juan Diego Botto

Victim, dir: Michal Blasko

Trenque Lauquen I, dir: Laura Citarella

Trenque Lauquen II, dir: Laura Citarella

Vera, dirs: Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel

Blanquita, dir: Fernando Guzzoni

Pour La France, dir: Rachid Hami

A Man, dir: Kei Ishikawa

Bread And Salt, dir: Damian Kocur

Luxembourg, Luxembourg, dir: Antonio Lukich

Ti Mangio Il Cuore, dir: Pippo Mezzapesa

To The North, dir: Mihai Mincan

Autobiography, Makbul Mubarak

La Syndicaliste, dir: Jean-Paul Salomé

World War III, dir: Houman Seyedi

The Happiest Man In The World, dir: Teona Strugar Mitevska

The Bride, dir: Sergio Tréfaut

The Venice Film Festival runs from August 31 to September 10. The lineup is usually a good indicator of what films will go on to become awards favourites. There’s a high chance our next Best Picture winner is among these films.

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