76. Venice International Film Festival

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From 28 August 2019 to 07 September 2019

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From August 28th to September 7th the Venice Film Festival 2019 is ready to cast an enchantment over the Venice Lido! Fantastic screenings, glittering parties, red carpets and unmissable events 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 eighth 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.

The packed 76th Cinema Exhibition in Venice will host many genre films which communicate the desire of cinematographers of developing a closer bond with the public. The 76th Venice Film Festival aims to promote and raise awareness of international cinema in all its forms of art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to important figures as a contribution to a better understanding of the history of cinema.

21 films in competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2019, among which three are Italian: ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’, by Ciro Guerra, ‘La mafia non è più quella di una volta’ by Franco Maresco and ‘Il sindaco del Rione Sanità’ by Mario Martone. The Festival will kick off with ‘La vérité’, by Kore-eda Hirokazu, with Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke which will tell the story of the family ties of a French movie star among lies, regrets and reconciliations. Among the other films of the Venice Film Festival competition it is worth mentioning James Gray - ‘Ad Astra’, a science fiction story with great Brad Pitt as a space engineer who sets off on a journey of no return to Neptune; Todd Philips– 'Joker' with Joaquin Phoenix as Batman's number one enemy, Roman Polanski - 'J'accuse' with Oscar winner Jean Dujardin, Steven Soderberg -' The Laundromat' with Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas, a film whose protagonist is a widow (Meryl Streep) who investigates an insurance fraud and chases two business partners (Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas) to Panama City as they exploit the global financial system.

In addition to Venice 76, even in the non-competitive sections we find two brand new TV series (the first two episodes of the anticipated 'The New Pope' by Paolo Sorrentino, and of 'Zerozerozero' by Stefano Sollima inspired by Roberto Saviano’s book), several documentaries ('Chiara Ferragni Unposted' by Elisa Amoruso with the blogger due to appear at the Festival, 'Fellini Fine Mai' by Eugenio Cappuccio, 'Roger Waters Us + Them' by Sean Evans and Roger Waters - who will be at the Lido to meet the public -, 'Citizen K' by Oscar winner Alex Gibney on contemporary Russia, '45 minutes of laughter' by Tim Robbins shot in high security prisons and' Never just a Dream: S Kubrik and Eyes Wide Shut 'by Matt Wells on the famous 1999 masterpiece that will be screened once again after being restored, and the mammoth 'Woman' by Yann Arthus-Bertrand made up of 2500 interviews with women all over the world) and additional screenings between the exotic and the erotic such as' Irréversible - Inversion integral 'by Gaspar Noé with the former couple Bellucci-Cassel, with the film reassembled in chronological order (‘and it is even more exciting than the original’).

After the success of the last six editions, Final Cut in Venice is back, the workshop dedicated to cinema in African and Middle Eastern countries with the aim of facilitating its post-production and promoting coproduction partnerships as well as market penetration. The three-day workshop, from August 31st to September 2nd, will feature six films that can be seen in the first two days, while the third day of September 2nd will be dedicated to a special session of talks between the selected projects and accredited professionals at the Venice Production Bridge.

The Godmother of the Venice Film Festival this year will be actress Alessandra Mastronardi, born in 1986. She will kick off and close the 76th Venice Film Festival in Italy, but also gracefully walk the red carpet of the festival several times. The young actress, best known for Eva Cudicini’s role in the television series 'I Cesaroni' and for that of Alice Allevi in 'L'Allieva', has acted in prominent roles such as in the movie 'To Rome with Love' by Woody Allen, in the comedy 'The last wheel of the cart' by Giovanni Veronesi and in the biographical film 'Life’ by Anton Corbijn. On Netflix she plays Francesca, the protagonist of the second season of the cult series ‘Master of None’.

The 76th 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. Starring in films 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 stories of the famous character created by Andrea Camilleri.

Talking about its glitzy soul... Who will we see on the Venice Film Festival red carpet? The 76th Venice Film Festival will certainly bring to the lagoon city a long list of Italian and international stars not only linked to the world of cinema but also actors, actresses, directors, models, influencers ... who will make this year's red carpet magical?

Competing Venice Film Festival movies 2019 at Venezia 76 - International film competition for a world premiere

  • ‘The Perfect Candidate’ - Haifaa Al Mansour
  • ‘Om Det Oändliga’ – Roy Andersson
  • ‘Wasp Network’ – Olivier Assayas
  • ‘Marriage Story’ – Noah Baumbach
  • ‘Guest of Honor’ – Atom Egoyan
  • ‘Ad Astra’ – James Gray
  • ‘A Herdade’ – Tiago Guedes
  • ‘Gloria Mundi’ – Robert Guédiguian
  • ‘Waiting for the barbarians’ – Ciro Guerra
  • ‘La Vérité’ – Kore-eda Hirokazu
  • ‘Ema’ – Pablo Larraín
  • ‘Lan Xin Da Ju Yuan’ – Ye Lou
  • ‘Martin Eden’ – Pietro Marcello
  • ‘La Mafia non è più quella di una volta’ – Franco Maresco
  • ‘The painted bird’ – Václav Marhoul
  • ‘Il sindaco del Rione Sanità’ – Mario Martone
  • ‘Babyteeth’ – Shannon Murphy
  • ‘Joker’ – Todd Philips
  • ‘J’accuse’ – Roman Polanski
  • ‘The Laundromat’ – Steven Soderbergh
  • ‘Ji Yuan Tai Qi Hao’ - Yonfan


On top of the renowned Leone d'Oro for Best Film, the Venice Film Festival competition 2019 - chaired by Lucrecia Martel - 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 Zumiriki’ – Oskar Alegria
  • ‘Bik Eneich – Un Fils’ – Mehdi M. Barsaoui
  • ‘Blanco en Blanco’ – Theo Court
  • ‘Mes Jours de Gloire’ – Antoine de Bary
  • ‘La noche de 12 anos’ - Alvaro Brechner
  • ‘Nevia’ – Nunzia De Stefano
  • ‘Pelikanblut’ – Katrin Gebbe
  • ‘Moffie’ – Oliver Hermanus
  • ‘Rialto’ – Peter Mackie Burns
  • ‘Borotmokmedi’ (il Criminale) – Dmitry Mamuliya
  • ‘Revenir’ – Jessica Palud
  • ‘L’Enkas’ - Sarah Marx
  • ‘Giants being lonely’ – Grear Patterson
  • ‘Verdict’ – Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
  • ‘Metri Shesho Nim’ – Saeed Roustaee
  • ‘Chola’ – Sasidharan Sanal Kumar
  • ‘Hava, Maryam, Ayesha’ – Sahraa Karimi
  • ‘Sole’ – Carlo Sironi
  • ‘Madre’ – Rodrigo Sorogoyen
  • ‘Qiqiu’ – Pema Tseden
  • ‘Atlantis’ – Valentyn Vasyanovych


There is a long programme also for the Out of Competition section of the Venice Film Festival lineup 2019 that will showcase world-famous works of well-established authors, documentaries and films where the show is given by new forms of expressive or narrative originality.

  • I diari di Angela. Noi due cineasti. Capitolo Secondo
  • Citizen K
  • Citizen Rosi by Carolina Rosi and Didi Gnocchi
  • The Kingmaker
  • State Funeral by Sergei Loznitsa
  • Colectiv by Alexander Nanau
  • 45 seconds of laughter by Tim Robbins
  • Il pianeta in mare by Andre Segre
  • No one left behind by Guillermo Arriaga and Electric Swan by Konstantina Kotzamani
  • Irreversible - Inversion Intégrale by Gaspar Noé
  • Seberg by Benedict Andrews with Kristen Stewart
  • Vivere by Francesca Archibugi
  • Musul by Matthew Michael Carnahan
  • Adults in the Room by Costa-Gavras based on Varoufakis’s book
  • The King by David Michod

Special Event

  • Never just a dream. Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut

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 2019, 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: ‘The End of Love’’ by Keren Ben Rafael, ‘Lessons of Love’ by Chiara Campara, ‘This is not a burial, it’s a resurrection’ by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese.
  • Venezia Classici, showcasing restored masterpieces and documentaries on cinema authors. For the Venice Film Festival - main competition we would like to point out, among others, ‘Lo sceicco bianco’ by Federico Fellini, ‘La comare secca’ by Bernardo Bertolucci, ‘Tiro al piccione’ by Giuliano Montaldo, ‘Maria Zef’ by Vittorio Cottafavi, ‘Francisca’ by Manoel de Oliveira and ‘New York, New York’ by Martin Scorsese.
  • Sconfini, a new feature of the 2019 festival edition, offers a series of b-movies, tv series and crossover productions with no time restriction. In the program, ‘Chiara Ferragni – Unposted' by Elisa Amoruso, 'Il varco' by Federico Ferrone and Michele Manzolini, 'Effetto domino' by Alessandro Rossetto.
  • Venice Virtual Reality is the first competition dedicated exclusively to films in Virtual Reality.

Expect glamour, screenings, parties, international guests and lots of excitement at the Venice Film Festival – calendar 2019! 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 28 to September 7!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff