73rd Venice International Film Festival

Events, fun, screenings and a not to be missed red carpet!

From 31 August 2016 to 10 September 2016

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From August 31st to September 10th the Venice Film Festival 2016 is ready to cast an enchantment over the Venice Lido! Fantastic screenings, glittering parties, red carpets and unmissable dates to perpetuate the charm of one of the most important film events in the world!

Under the artistic direction of Alberto Barbera, officially chosen for the direction of the film festival in Venice for the fifth consecutive year, the exhibition has proven to know how to renew itself, re-launching its spaces and its program to remain one of the most important cinema events. The renovation of the screening rooms, the creation of the Biennale College - which quickly became a benchmark for similar projects - and the new Venice Production Bridge - which will give continuity to the Venice Film Market set up in 2012 - are a proof of the aim to create a genuine opportunity of exchange and discussion on the world of cinema in all its nuances and not to merely offer a simple line-up of films. On top of this the Venetian film festival desires to increasingly expand the target audience: the Web room and the Cinema in the Garden have helped to reduce the gap between film critics and enthusiasts, allowing the show to reach a wider audience. The Web Room allows you to watch the streaming of the films of the Horizon and Biennale College sections, as the official presentation of the 73rd Venice Film Festival contemporarily takes place... A unique opportunity to discover the most innovative aesthetic and expressive trends of worldwide cinema; Cinema in the Garden will be repeated after the success of the first edition held last year: it consists of screenings that are free and open to all, offering numerous unusual films to reach an audience as wide as possible.

At the 73rd Venice Film Festival, the films in competition reiterate the strength of the American film industry, that will present 7 titles out of 20 (produced or co-produced by the US) competing at the Venice international Film Festival 73, without forgetting the other categories, which adds up to a total of 26 titles. Among the American films, the highly anticipated 'Hacksaw Ridge' by Mel Gibson and the remake of 'The Magnificent Seven' by Antoine Fuqua deserve a special mention. The first one tells the story of a doctor on the frontline during World War II, while the second one has a great cast formed by Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington. Both of these films are included in the 'Out of Competition' section.

Italy can only count on three titles in competition... At the 73 Venice Film Festival in Italy, Italian films can be found especially out of the competition with two episodes of 'The young pope', a miniseries about the Pope by Paolo Sorrentino, 'Tommaso' by Kim Rossi Stuart starring Jasmine Trinca and Cristiana Capotondi, and 'Monte di Amir' by Naderi. In the non-fiction category there are the documentaries 'Our War' by Bruno Chiaravallotti, Claudio Jampaglia and Benedetta Argentieri, and 'Assalto al cielo' by Francesco Munzi, whereas the new section Cinema in the garden will present Gabriele Muccino's latest film, 'L'estate addosso'.

The 73rd Venice Film Festival opening ceremony, launching on Wednesday, August 31st, will project the American film 'La La Land'. The musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, retails the dreams of a waitress aspiring to become an actress and of a musician with a passion for jazz music, set in the classical Hollywood, land of great hopes and, at the same time, of broken dreams.

Godmother of the Film Festival in Venice 2016 will be Sonia Bergamasco, Italian actress and director who will attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the exhibition.

Speaking instead of the showbiz side... Majestic, glamorous and talented: these words describe theexpectations of the Venice Film Festival! The red carpet in 2016 will be magical given the names in the cast of the films in the program... Nothing is definite yet, but for now we can dream of seeing parading as guests at the Venice Film Festival celebrities the likes of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (La La Land), Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander (the Light Between), the beautiful Natalie Portman who plays Jackie Kennedy in the film by Pablo Larrain, Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves (The Bad Batch), Jude Law who could fly to Venice to promote 'The Young Pope' , Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts for 'The Bleeder', Monica Bellucci and Cristiana Capotondi among the Italians, up to the likely closing in style with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in the cast of 'The Magnificent Seven'. Amy Adams (Nocturnal Animals and Arrival) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals) are other potential presences among the Venice Film Festival red carpet guests.

The Venice Film Festival line up of films in competition in Venice 73 - international contest of full-length films

  • THE BAD BATCH by Ana Lily Amirpour (USA, 115') starring Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey and Giovanni Ribisi
  • UNE VIE by Stéphane Brizé (France, Belgium, 119') starring Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Swann Arlaud and Yolande Moreau
  • LA LA LAND by Damien Chazelle (USA, 127') starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, J.K. Simmons and Finn Wittrock
  • THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by Derek Cianfrance (USA, Australia, New Zealand, 133') starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz and Emily Barclay
  • EL CIUDADANO ILUSTRE by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat (Argentina, Spain, 118 ') starring Oscar Martínez, Dady Brieva, Andrea Frigerio, Nora Navas and Gustavo Garzón
  • SPIRA MIRABILIS by Massimo d'Anolfi and Martina Parenti (documentary, Italy, Switzerland, 121')
  • ANG BABAENG HUMAYO (The Woman Who Left) by Lav Diaz (Philippines, 226') starring Charo Santos-Concio and John Lloyd Cruz
  • LA REGIÓN SALVAJE by Amat Escalante (Mexico, 100') starring Ruth Ramos, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza and Edén Villavicencio
  • NOCTURNAL ANIMALS by Tom Ford (USA, 115') starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher and Laura Linney
  • PIUMA by Roan Johnson (Italy, 98') starring Luigià Fedele, Blu Yoshimi Di Martino, Sergio Pierattini, Michela Cescon and Francesco Colella
  • RAI (PARADISE) by Andrei Konchalovsky (Russia, Germany, 130') starring Julia Vysotskaya, Christian Clauss, Philippe Duquesne, Victor Sukhorukov and Peter Kurt
  • BRIMSTONE by Martin Koolhoven (Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Sweden, 148') starring Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Emilia Jones, Kit Harington and Carice Van Houten
  • NA MLIJECNOM PUTU (On The Milky Road) by Emir Kusturica (Serbia, Great Britain, USA, 125') starring Monica Bellucci, Emir Kusturica, Sloboda Micalovic and Predrag Manojlovic
  • JACKIE by Pablo Larraín (USA, Chile, 95') starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig and John Hurt
  • VOYAGE OF TIME: LIFE'S JOURNEY by Terrence Malick (documentary, USA, Germany, 90') starring Cate Blanchett
  • EL CRISTO CIEGO by Christopher Murray (Chile, France, 85') starring Michael Silva, Bastian Inostroza, Ana Maria Henriquez and Mauricio Pinto
  • FRANTZ by François Ozon (France, Germany, 113') starring Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Marie Gruber, Ernst Stötzner and Cyrielle Claire
  • QUESTI GIORNI by Giuseppe Piccioni (Italy, 120') starring Margherita Buy, Marta Gastini, Laura Adriani, Maria Roveran, Catherine Le Caselle and Filippo Timi
  • ARRIVAL by Denis Villeneuve (USA, 116') starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg
  • LES BEAUX JOURS D'ARANJUEZ (3D) by Wim Wenders (France, Germany, 97') starring Reda Kateb, Sophie Semin, Jens Harzer and Nick Cave

In summary, the rich Venice Film Festival 2016 line-up will count on the participation of 43 countries, including, in addition to the massive US and Italian presence, Latin America, and our neighbours on the other side of the Alps. 55 full-length films for the Official Selection - 20 for Venice 73; 18 out of competition, including seven documentaries; 19 in the Horizons section - and 16 short films. On top of short films and movies, the 73 Venice international Film Festival includes the fascinating renovation of Venezia Classici, which every year presents a selection of restored films and documentaries.

Worth of mention is also the Venice Film Festival jury 2016:

  • Venice 73 - president will be the director Sam Mendes; Laurie Anderson, one of the most important exponents of the avant-garde art scene in America; Gemma Arterton, British actress who starred in 'James Bond Quantum of Solace' and 'Prince of Persia'; Giancarlo De Cataldo, author of Romanzo criminale (2002); Nina Hoss, German actress who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival; Chiara Mastroianni, the famous personality of European films; Joshua Oppenheimer, a famous American director of 'The Act of Killing' (2012) and 'The Look of Silence' (2014), both Oscar nominations; Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas, winner of the Golden Lion for best film at Venice 2015; Zhao Wei, the famous Chinese actress, director and singer. At the Venice Film Festival 2016, she will hand out the Golden Lion for the best film; the Silver Lion - Grand Jury Prize; Silver Lion - Award for the best director; Coppa Volpiù for Best Actor; Coppa Volpiù for best Actress; Marcello Mastroianni Award for best young Actor or emerging Actress; Award for the best Screenplay; Special Jury Prize.
  • Orizzonti - President will be the director Robert Guédiguian; Jim Hoberman, one of the most influential voices of the international film critics; Egyptian actress Nelly Karim, who recently took part in 'Clash' (2016) by Mohamed Diab, presented in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes; Valentina Lodovini, a leading interpreter of the Italian cinema of recent years; the Korean actress and director Moon So-ri; Josè Maria (Chema) Prado, great critic and scholar of the Spanish cinema; Indian filmmaker Chaitanya Tamhane, who won the 'Luigià De Laurentiis' prize for the Opera Prima and the Horizons Award at the 71st Venice Film Festival. The Orizzonti Jury will give out - with no possibility of a tie - the following Horizons Awards for : Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor or Actress, best screenplay; Best Short Film; the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize; Venice Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards 2016.
  • Premio Venezia Opera Prima 'Luigià De Laurentiis' - President will be the Italian actor and director Kim Rossi Stuart; the Spanish producer Rosa Bosch; Brady Corbet, American actor and director; Pilar López de Ayala, one of the Spanish actresses most appreciated on an international scale; French film critic Serge Toubiana. It will hand out among all the full-length films of the various competitive sections of the Venice Film Festival schedule 2016 the Leone del Futuro award - Venice Award 'Luigià De Laurentiis' and a prize of $100,000.

The Venice film festival schedule of the side events is also very attractive:

  • International Critics' Week: dedicated to identifying new talent and emerging trends and presenting the works of little-known authors. Among the Venice Film Festival 2016 nominations, the films will be selected by a new committee headed by Giona Nazzaro; there is much space given to international cinema but without forgetting Italian talents, such as the young director from Turin Irene Dionisio and her 'Le ultime cose'.
  • Venice Days - Authors' Days: independent review of the international festival of the 73rd Venice Film Festival which aims to promote quality films and those that stand out for their originality and independence. Similar to the Director's Fortnight in Cannes, the Venice Film Festival lineup will focus on the third film of the Neapolitan Edoardo De Angelis, 'Indivisible', on the newcomer Marco Danieli and on Pippo Delbono with his provocative Gospel.

Expect glamour, screenings, parties, international guests and lots of excitement at the Venice Film Festival - calendar 2016! The Venice Lido is ready to open its doors to cinema, renewing itself every year to offer an event always in line with the novelties and trends of the modern film industry.

What about Venice Film Festival accommodation? Choose one of our many hotels in Venice and immerse yourself in the charm of the Venice Film Festival 2016: events, great actors and entertainment are waiting for you from August 31st to September 10th!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff