74. Venice International Film Festival

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

From 30 August 2017 to 12 September 2017

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From August 30th to September 12th the Venice Film Festival 2017 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!

Alberto Barbera has been confirmed as the artistic director of the Venice Film Festival in Italy - the sixth kermis under his leadership. In these years he has undertaken a mission on two fronts: on the one hand he wants to keep the exhibition at a competitive level compared to other autumn film festivals, on the other he tries not to alter too much the real nature of the event... The result? Under his leadership, the Venice Film Festival has proven to be able to renew itself, revitalizing its spaces and its program to remain an anchor for other events in the film industry. This adds to its growing willingness to widen the target audience: the Web Room and Cinema in the Garden have helped reduce the distance between cinephiles and simple film enthusiasts, allowing the exhibition to reach an increasingly larger audience. The Web Room allows you to watch the films by Orizzonti and Biennale College, at the same time as the official presentations of the 74th Venice International Film Festival; Cinema in the Garden offers free screenings open to everyone, which include a wide and heterogeneous variety of films, as a part of the aim to reach a widest possible audience. This year the debut of the Suburra series by Michele Placido, produced by Netflix has been highly anticipated.

The strong points of the Barbera direction remain the large presence of American, Italian and French films and of some prominent figures which attract even the most demanding film-lovers, such as Darren Aronofsky, Abdellatif Kechiche, Frederick Wiseman, Ai Weiwei, Takeshi Kitano and William Friedkin, just to name a few. But the surprises at the 2017 show do not end here! Four Italian films in the selection of Venice 74 confirm faith in the Italian film industry, which Barbera finally sees ready to enter the international competition, and the presence of directors like the Manetti brothers and Guillermo del Toro, close to a genre devoted to entertainment, promise great things for the Venetian Film Festival 2017.

As anticipated, at the Venice Film Festival the competition films confirms the dominance of USA, Italy and France, which together collect 13 Golden Lion nominations in a total of 21, while the presence of Asia is scarce and virtually no presence of Russia or Eastern Europe. ‘Suburbicon’ by the Coen brothers and directed by George Clooney is among the most anticipated films - with Clooney, Matt Damon and Julianne Moore coming to the 2017 Venice Film Festival red carpet - 'Mother!' by Darren Aronofsky starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Michelle Pfeiffer, 'The shape of water' by Guillermo del Toro, with Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon.

As for Italy, Italian Films nominated for the Golden Lion will be: ‘The Leisure Seeker’ by Paolo Virzì starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, ‘Ammore e Malavita’ by Manetti Bros with Serena Rossi, Claudia Gerini, Giampaolo Morelli and Carlo Buccirosso, 'Hannah' with Andrea Pallaoro directed by Charlotte Rampling and ‘Una famiglia' by Sebastiano Riso with Micaela Ramazzotti and Patrick Bruel.

For the sixth consecutive year, the opening film of the 74th Venice Film Festival – opening ceremony on Wednesday, August 30th will be American. It will be 'Downsizing' by Alexander Payne, starring Matt Damon, Neil Patrick Harris, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Christoph Waltz and Alec Baldwin. In a not too distant future, a couple in marital crisis decides to undergo an experimental procedure of 'shrinking' designed to save resources on a planet that is now on its last legs... She eventually backs out and he is left with the only choice to join a community that has already undergone the same treatment.

The 2017 Film Festival in Venice will be opened and closed by the Roman actor Alessandro Borghi, born in 1986, who will also appear on the red carpet. A stuntman who reached the film industry after a few minor roles in successful fiction films, in a short time he managed to win three Nastro d’Argento awards, a Golden Ciak and the Best Italian Actor award at the Venice Film Festival in 2015.

Talking about its mundane soul... Impressive, glamorous and full of talents: so was the Venice Film Festival announced! The red carpet 2017 will not disappoint expectations... In addition to the aforementioned Clooney, Damon and Moore, it seems that at the Venice Film Festival celebrities attending will be many more! Judi Dench, who plays the role of Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears’s film 'Victoria & Abdul', Michael Caine, who in David Batty's ‘My Generation' describes swinging London in the 1960s, Helen Mirren for the film by Paolo Virzì, The superstar Jennifer Lawrence for 'Mother!' by Aronofky and the couple in real life and on screen Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz (Loving Pablo by Fernando Leon de Aranoa), the beautiful Sienna Miller in James Toback's 'The Private Life of a Modern Woman' and Kirsten Dunst, star of ‘Woodshock’ by the Mulleavy sisters, Rodarte designers which have reached the world of cinema, not forgetting the two Golden Lions to the career of Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, gathered in the movie 'Our Souls at night'. The presence of Italian interpreters will not be missing, from Micaela Ramazzotti and Claudio Santamaria, Claudia Gerini and Valeria Golino... So find a nice seat and get ready for a long parade of Venice Film Festival 2017 guests!

74th Venice Film Festival line up - International film competition for a world premiere

  • HUMAN FLOW by Ai Weiwei - Germany, USA – 140’
  • MOTHER! By Darren Aronofsky - USA – 120’
  • SUBURBICON by George Clooney - USA - 104'
  • THE SHAPE OF WATER by Guillermo Del Toro - USA – 119’
  • THE INSULT by Ziad Doueiri - France, Lebanon - 110'
  • LA VILLA by Robert Guédiguian - France – 107’
  • LEAN ON PETE by Andrew Haigh - Great Britain - 121'
  • MEKTOUB, MY LOVE: CANTO UNO by Abdellatif Kechiche - France, Italy - 180'
  • SANDOME NO SATSUJIN (THE THIRD MURDER) by Koreeda Hirokazu - Japan - 124'
  • JUSQU'A LA GARDE by Xavier Legrand - France - 90'
  • AMMORE E MALAVITA by Manetti Bros. - Italy - 133 '
  • FOXTROT by Samuel Maoz - Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland - 113'
  • HANNAH by Andrea Pallaoro - Italy, Belgium, France - 95'
  • DOWNSIZING by Alexander Payne - USA – 140’
  • JIA NIAN HUA (ANGELS WEAR WHITE) by Vivian Qu - China, France – 107’
  • A FAMILY by Sebastiano Riso - Italy - 105'
  • FIRST REFORMED by Paul Schrader - USA – 108’
  • SWEET COUNTRY by Warwick Thornton - Australia - 112'
  • THE LEISURE SEEKER by Paolo Virzì - Italy – 112’
  • EX LIBRIS - THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY by Frederick Wiseman - Usa - 197'

On top of the renowned Leone d'Oro for Best Film, the Venice Film Festival jury 2017 - chaired by Annette Bening - will award the Leone d’Argento Prize and the prize for the best director, Coppa Volpi for the best male and female performances, the Award for the best screenplay, the Special Jury Award and the Marcello Mastroianni Award for the best emerging young actor or actress.

As for the Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti section will present 33 premiere films - 19 feature films and 12 short films for the main competition + 2 short films out of competition - to explore the new trends in the world of cinema worldwide.

  • NAPADID SHODAN (DISAPPEARANCE) by Ali Asgari - Iran, Qatar - 89'
  • ESPÈCES MENACÉES by Gilles Bourdos - France, Belgium - 105'
  • THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR by Nancy Buirski - USA – 91’
  • CANIBA by Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor - France – 90’
  • LES BIENHEUREUX by Sofia Djama - France, Belgium - 102'
  • MARVIN by Anne Fontaine - France – 115’
  • INVISIBLE by Pablo Giorgelli - Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, France - 87'
  • BRUTTI E CATTIVI by Cosimo Gomez - Italy, France - 87'
  • HA BEN DOD (THE COUSIN) by Tzahi Grad - Israel - 92'
  • HA EDUT (THE TESTAMENT) by Amichai Greenberg - Israel, Austria - 91'
  • BEDOUNE TARIKH, BEDOUNE EMZA (NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE) by Vahid Jalilvand - Iran – 104’
  • LOS VERSOS DEL OLVIDO Alireza Khatami - France, Germany, the Netherlands, Chile - 92'
  • LA NUIT OU J'AI NAGE - OYOGISUGITA YORU by Damien Manivel, Igarashi Kohei - France, Japan - 79'
  • NICO, 1988 by Susanna Nicchiarelli - Italy, Bel Thu – 93’
  • KRIEG by Rick Ostermann - Germany - 93'
  • WEST OF SUNSHINE by Jason Raftopoulos - Australia - 78'
  • GATTA CENERENTOLA - Animation - Italy - 86'
  • UNDIR TRÉNU (UNDER THE TREE) by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson - Iceland , Denmark, Poland, Germany - 89'
  • LA VITA IN COMUNE of Edoardo Winspeare - Italy - 110'
  • APIA (ARIA) by Myrsini Aristidou - Cyprus, France – 13’
  • BY THE POOL by Laurynas Bareisa - Lithuania - 16' GROS CHAGRIN by Celine Devaux - France – 15’
  • ASTROMETAL by Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis - Greece - 15'
  • THE KNIFE SALESMAN by Michael Leonard Jamie Helmer - Australia – 10’
  • TIERRA MOJADA by Juan Sebastian Mesa Bedoya - Colombia - 17'
  • MENINAS FORMICIDA by João Paulo Miranda María - France, Brazil - 12'
  • OMBRA DELLA SPOSA by Alessandra Pescetta - Italy - 11'
  • AWASARN SOUND MAN (DEATH OF THE SOUND MAN) by Sorayos Prapapan - Thailand, Myanmar – 16’
  • HIMINN OPINN Gabriel Sanson, Clyde Gates - Belgium - 19'
  • MON AMOUR, MON AMI Adriano Valerio - Italy - 15'

Short Films Out of Competition

  • 8TH CONTINENT by YORGOS ZOIS - Greece - 11'

There is a rich plan also for the Out of Competition section of the cinema exhibition that proposes world-famous works of well-established authors, documentaries and films where the show is given by new forms of expressive or narrative originality. Special Events

  • Gianni Amelio's House of Others - Italy - 16'
  • MICHAEL JACKSON'S THRILLER 3D by John Landis - Usa - 14'
  • MAKING OF MICHAEL JACKSON'S THRILLER by Jerry Kramer - Usa (1983) - 45'

Fiction Category

  • OUR SOULS AT NIGHT by Ritesh Batra - USA - 101'
  • SIGNOR ROTPETER by Antonietta De Lillo - Italy – 37’
  • VICTORIA & ABDUL by Stephen Frears - Great Britain - 149'
  • LA MÉLODIE by Rachid Hami - France – 102’
  • OUTRAGE CODA by Kitano Takeshi - Japan - 104'
  • LOVING PABLO by Fernando León De Aranoa - Spain , Bulgaria - 123'
  • ZAMA by Lucrecia Martel - Argentina, Brazil - 115' WORMWOOD by Errol Morris - Usa - 300'
  • DIVA! By Francesco Patierno - Italy - 75'
  • THE FIDÈLE by Michaël R. Roskam - Belgium, France, The Netherlands - 130'
  • THE HIDDEN COLOR OF THE THINGS by Silvio Soldini - Italy, Switzerland - 115'
  • BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 by S. Craig Zahler - USA - 132'

Non-Fiction Category

  • CUBA AND THE CAMERAMAN by Jon Alpert - USA - 113'
  • MY GENERATION by David Batty - Great Britain - 85'
  • VICTORIA PIAZZA by Abel Ferrara - Italy - 82'
  • THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH by William Friedkin - USA - 68'
  • THIS IS CONGO by DANIEL Mccabe - Congo - 91'
  • RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA by Stephen Nomura Schible - USA , Japan - 100'
  • HAPPY WINTER by Giovanni Totaro - Italy - 91'

On top of the three main sections, which group some of the most anticipated Venice movies at the festival, we cannot miss the Venice Film Festival 2017 program, Venezia Classici, Cinema in the Garden and the new entry Venice Virtual Reality:

  • Inaugurated in 2012, Biennale College - Cinema is a high-tech lab for the production of low-cost films open to young filmmakers from all over the world. There are three feature films selected and produced in this 74th Venice Film Festival lineup: BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Giorgio Ferrero, MARTYR by Mazen Khaled, STRANGE COLOURS by Alena Lodkina
  • Venezia Classici, between restored masterpieces and documentaries on cinema authors. Giuseppe Piccioni will chair the jury of students who will give out the awards for the Best Restored Movie and Best Documentary on films. For the Venice Film Festival, the main competition will consist of 20 films, including Michelangelo Antonioni's DESERTO ROSSO, NOVECENTO by Bernardo Bertolucci, Steven CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND by Steven Spielberg, OCHAZUKE NO AJI (THE TASTE OF GREEN TEA RICE) by Yasujirō Ozu
  • Cinema In the Garden presents six world premiere films, meetings and insights with the protagonists. In the program WOODSHOCK by Kate and Laura Mulleavy and SUBURRA - THE SERIES by Michele Placido, Andrea Molaioli and Giuseppe Capotondi stand out.
  • Venice Virtual Reality is the first competition dedicated exclusively to films in Virtual Reality with 31 films, including 22 in competition and 3 in the Venice film festival category ‘Biennale College Cinema’.

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

  • 32. International Critics' Week: dedicated to identifying new talent and emerging trends and presenting the works of little-known authors. Among the Venice Film Festival 2017 nominations, seven films plus two special events, all world premieres.
  • 14. Venice Days – Authors’ Days: independent review of the international festival of the 74 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 boasts names such as Pengfei, Faouzi Bensaïdi, Vincenzo Marra, Kim Nguyen ed Ermanno Olmi.


Expect glamour, screenings, parties, international guests and lots of excitement at the Venice Film Festival – calendar 2017! 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 2017: events, great actors and entertainment are waiting for you from August 30 to September 12!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 30 August 2017 to 12 September 2017

Event location: Venice Lido

Contacts: more information at www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/index.html

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