75. Venice International Film Festival

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

From 29 August 2018 to 08 September 2018

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From August 29th to September 8th the Venice Film Festival 2018 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 for the seventh year in a row. The festival will therefore continue in the same spirit, always maintaining a high spirit of competitiveness towards other autumn film events, but without altering its true nature of capturing the current world of cinema in all its facets... The result? The Film Festival in Venice 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. Among this year’s novelties there will be the re-opening of the Hotel des Bains, famous location chosen by Luchino Visconti for ‘Morte a Venezia’, which will also host an exhibition on the history of the festival.

The rich 75th Cinema Exhibition in Venice will host many genre films which communicate the desire of cinematographers of developing a closer bond with the public. Politics, news and current affairs, love in all its nuances, portraits of small and great historical figures are just a few of the narrative poles of the films on show at the festival – an event which, among upcoming artists, young talents and premieres, will also dedicate some space to some films by Netflix. 

21 films in competition at the Mostra del Cinema di Venezia 75, among which three are Italian: ‘Suspiria’, by Luca Guadagnino, a reinterpretation of Dario Argento’s cult, ‘Capri – Revolution’ by Mario Martone and ‘What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire’ by Roberto Minervini. The event will be opened by ‘First Man’ by Damien Chazelle, director of the multi award-winning ‘La La Land’, featuring Ryan Gosling as the astronaut Neil Armstrong, and Claire Foy, the wonderful Queen Elizabeth in ‘The Crown’ as his wife. Among the other films at the Venice Movie Festival the following names stand out: Olivier Assayas – ‘Doubles vies’, two couples that cross paths in different ways, a great cast and a moment to reflect upon the changes in our intellectual life brought about by the digital era; Jacques Audiard – ‘The Sisters Brothers’, an authentic European western which offers the opportunity to reflect with irony upon Western mythology; the Coen brothers – ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’, the death of Western mythology and of today’s America in six episodes of different styles, produced by Netflix; Alfonso Cuaròn – ‘Roma’, a black-and-white autobiography dedicated to his family; Mike Leigh – ‘Peterloo’, an unfortunate event which was erased from British history leaves space to reflect upon the theme of power.

On top of Venezia 75, there is also much anticipation  for ‘Sulla mia pelle’, a film by Alessio Cremonini which will open the section dedicated to the final hours of Stefano Cucchi, starring Alessandro Borghi, Jasmine Trinca and Max Tortora; ‘The other side of the wind’, the last work by Orson Welles created by his historical collaborator Frank Marshall, ‘L'amica Geniale’, HBO-Rai Fiction e Timvision tv series deals with Elena Ferrante’s famous tetralogy, and ‘A star is born’ by Bradley Cooper featuring Lady Gaga in the section ‘Fuori Concorso’.

After the success of the past six editions, Sala Web is back: a virtual room created by MYMOVIESLIVE - Nuovo Cinema Repubblica, which enables you to watch in streaming the films presented in the Venice Film Festival competition in the sections Orizzonti, Fuori Concorso, Sconfini and Biennale College – Cinema; Cinema nel Giardino, instead, will be replaced by Sconfini, a selection of art films, experimental movies, tv series and crossovers with no time limit.

The 75th Venice Film Festival opening ceremony and closing ceremony will feature the actor Michele Riondino, born in 1979, who will also appear on the red carpet. Between movies and television, the young actor is widely appreciated both by the general public and by critics for his roles in ‘The past is a foreign country’ by Daniele Vicari, 'Fortapàsc' by Marco Risi and ‘Leopardi’ by Mario Martone, but also for smaller appearances which made him famous such as 'Il giovane Montalbano', dedicated to the deeds of the famous character, created by Andrea Camilleri.

Talking about its glitzy soul... Who will we see on the Venice Film Festival red carpet? It seems that at the Venice Film Festival, celebrities will definitely not be missing, nor will they disappoint… People are already talking about the arrival of Ryan Gosling for the opening evening, Lady Gaga and Bradley cooper for ‘A star is born’, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz who star in ‘The Favourite’, Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton for the film of our Luca Guadagnino. It seems like the Venice Film Festival 2018 red carpet will also boast the presence of Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, the main characters in 'The Tree of Life'... But for now, let’s concentrate on the confirmed names:  Vanessa Redgrave and David Cronemberg, who will receive the Leone d'Oro award for lifetime achievement. All we can do is carry on dreaming until the official list of celebrities has been confirmed!

Competing Venice Film Festival movies 2018 at Venezia 75 - International film competition for a world premiere

  • ‘The Mountain’ - Rick Alverson
  • ‘Doubles Vies’ - Olivier Assayas
  • ‘The Sisters Brothers’ - Jacques Audiard
  • ‘First Man’ - Damien Chazelle
  • ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ - Ethan e Joel Cohen
  • ‘Vox Lux’ - Brady Corbet
  • ‘Roma’ - Alfonso Cuarón
  • ‘22 July’ - Paul Greengrass
  • ‘Suspiria’ - Luca Guadagnino
  • ‘Werk Ohne Autor’ - Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • ‘The Nightingale’ - Jennifer Kent
  • ‘The Favourite’ - Yorgos Lanthimos
  • ‘Peterloo’ - Mike Leigh
  • ‘Capri-Revolution’ - Mario Martone
  • ‘What you gonna do when the world’s on fire’ - Roberto Minervini
  • ‘Napszállta (Sunset)’ - Nemes Jeles László
  • ‘Fréres Ennemis’ - David Oelhoffen
  • ‘Nuestro Tiempo’ - Carlos Reygadas
  • ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ - Julian Schabel
  • ‘Acusada’ - Gonzalo Tobal
  • ‘Zan (Killing)’ - Shinya Tsukamoto

On top of the renowned Leone d'Oro for Best Film, the Venice Film Festival competition 2018 - chaired by Guillermo Del Toro - 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.

Horizons – International competition for films at the forefront of the new aesthetic and expressive movements in movies from all around the world

  • ‘Sulla mia pelle’ - Alessio Cremonini
  • ‘Manta Ray’ - Phuttiphong Aroonpheing
  • ‘Soni’ - Ivan Ayr
  • ‘The river’ - Emir Baigazin
  • ‘La noche de 12 anos’ - Alvaro Brechner
  • ‘Deslembro’ - Flavia Castro
  • ‘The announcement’ - Mahmut Fazil Coskun
  • ‘Un giorno all’improvviso’ - Ciro D’Emilio
  • ‘Charlie Says’ - Mary Harron
  • ‘Amanda’ - Mikhael Hers
  • ‘The day I lost my shadow’ - Soudade Kaadan
  • ‘L’Enkas’ - Sarah Marx
  • ‘The man who surprised everyone’ - Merkulova
  • ‘Memories of my body’ - Garin Nugroho
  • ‘As I Lay dying’ -Mostafa Sayyari
  • ‘La profezia dell’Armadillo’ - Emanuele Scaringi
  • ‘Stripped’ - Yaron Shani
  • ‘Jinpa’ - Pema Tseden
  • ‘Tel Aviv on fire’ - Sameh Zoa

There is a rich plan also for the Out of Competition section of the Venice Film Festival lineup 2018 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.

Events and special screenings

  • ‘They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead’ - Morgan Neville
  • ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ - Orson Welles
  • ‘L’amica geniale’ - Saverio Costanzo
  • ‘Il Diario di Angela. Noi due cineasti’ - Yervant Gianikian

Fiction Category

  • ‘Angela. Noi due cineasti’ - Yervant Gianikian
  • ‘Una storia senza nome’ - Roberto Andò
  • ‘Les Estivants’ - Valerla Bruni Tedeschi
  • ‘A Star is Born’ - Bradley Cooper
  • ‘Mi Obra Maestra’ - Gastòn Duprat
  • ‘A Tramway in Jerusalem’ - Amos Gitai
  • ‘Un Peuple et Son Roi’ - Pierre Schoeller
  • ‘La Quietud’ - Pablo Trapero
  • ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ - S. Craig Zahler
  • ‘Ying (Shadow)’ - Zhang Yimou

Non-Fiction Category

  • ‘A Letter to a Friend in Gaza’ - Amos Gitai
  • ‘Aquarela’ - Victor Kossakovsky
  • ‘El pepe. Una vida suprema’ - Emir Kusturica
  • ‘Process’ - Sergei Loznitsa
  • ‘Carmine Street Guitars’ - Ron Mann
  • ‘ISIS, Tomorrow. The lost soul of Mosul’ -Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi
  • ‘American Dharma’ - Errol Morris
  • ‘Introduzione all’oscuro’ - Gastòn Solnicki
  • ‘1938 Diversi’ - Giorgio Treves
  • ‘Ni de Lian (Your Face)’ - Tsai Ming-liang
  • ‘Monrovia, Indiana’ - Frederick Wiseman

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 schedule 2018, Venezia Classici, Venice Virtual Reality and the new entry Sconfini:

  • 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 for the Venetian Film Festival: ‘Zen sul ghiaccio sottile’ by Margherita Ferri, ‘Deva’ by Petra Szöcs, ‘Yuva’ by Emre Yeksan.
  • Venezia Classici, between restored masterpieces and documentaries on cinema authors. For the Venice Film Festival - main competition we’d like to point out, among others, ‘Il portiere di notte’ by Liliana Cavani, Brick and Mirror’ by Ebrahim Golestan, ‘La strada della vergogna’ by Kenji Mizoguchi, ‘Il posto’ by Ermanno Olmi, ‘Morte a Venezia’ by Luchino Visconti and ‘A qualcuno piace caldo’ by Billy Wilder.
  • Sconfini, new feature of the 2018 festival edition, offers a series of b-movies, tv series and crossover productions with no time restriction. In the program, ‘Il ragazzo più felice del mondo' by Gipi, 'Il banchiere anarchico' by Giulio Base and 'The tree of life' by Terrence Malick stand out.
  • Venice Virtual Reality is the first competition dedicated exclusively to films in Virtual Reality.

Also the side events of the Venice movie festival are very attractive:

  • 33. International Critics' Week: dedicated to identifying new talent and emerging trends and presenting the works of little-known authors. Among the Venice Film Festival nominees 2018 nominations, seven films plus two special events, all world premieres.
  • 15. Venice Days – Authors’ Days: independent review of the international festival of the 75 Venice Film Festival which aims to promote quality films and those that stand out for their originality and independence.


Expect glamour, screenings, parties, international guests and lots of excitement at the Venice Film Festival – calendar 2018! 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… Events, great actors and entertainment are waiting for you from August 29 to September 8!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 29 August 2018 to 08 September 2018

Event location: Venice Lido

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

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