72nd Venice International Film Festival

Screenings, events, fun and culture for the awaited Venice Movie Festival 2015!

From 02 September 2015 to 12 September 2015


A great test for Italian cinema, an eye for the realities of today, big debuts and comebacks ... This, in a nutshell, is what has been announced for the Venice Film Festival dates for 2015! From 2 to 12 September, Lido will host the long awaited Venice Film Festival line up, a festival free of any thematic constraint that simply aims at surprising and exciting....

The artistic director Alberto Barbera is confirmed for the fourth consecutive year. The 72nd Venice International Film Festival continues the path taken in recent editions, a project open to the complexity and the new challenges of contemporary cinema, able to differentiate itself from the festival of 'competitors' claiming its own identity.

'Let yourself be amazed by the films of the Festival' ... With this short sentence, Alberto Barbera anticipates the long-awaited 2015 Venice movie Festival, a festival that will not be tied to any theme or constraint but that will be guided by the many roads taken by the modern film industry, offering equal space to both the well-established fact that new visions and geographical areas that are emerging more and more strongly in the current cinematic landscape.

At the Venetian Film Festival 2015 movies in competition in Venice for the 72nd edition there will be the presence of 4 Italians - Marco Bellocchio with 'Blood of my blood'; Giuseppe Gaudino with 'For your sake'; Luca Guadagnino with 'A Bigger Splash' and Piero Messina 'Waiting' - not to mention the films outside the official competition: competing in the Horizons sections are Renato De Maria's 'Italian Gangster' and Alberto Caviglia's 'Sheep in grass', whilst Out of Competition will present the documentary by Franco Maresco 'The men of this city do not know them', 'The world's smallest army' of Gianfranco Pannone and the film of the late Claudio Caligari, terminated by Valerio Mastandrea, 'Do not be evil' . Despite the massive Italian presence at the Venice International Film Festival, the films in competition see the supremacy of the United States (with 19 films) and France (23, including co-productions). In total, the program of the 72nd Venice Film Festival will see the participation of 45 countries, for a total of 55 feature films (21 in the premiere of Venice 72 - International Competition for feature films; 18 in the Horizons section - International competition dedicated to film representing new aesthetic and expressive trends; 16 in the Out of Competition section, which showcases films of important national and international directors and 16 short films. To short films and films, the 72nd Venice Film Festival adds the great 'restorations' of Venice Classics, which each year offers a fascinating selection of restored films and documentaries.

The opening of the Venice International Film Festival in 2015 will kick off with 'Everest' by Baltasarà Kormákur, at a colossal cost of 65 million dollars that tells the journey of two expeditions undertaken to reach the highest peak of the world between challenge, survival and obsession. The film will be screened in its world premiere on 2 September, during the opening night of the Film Festival in Venice in 2015; guests of honour will be the great protagonists of the film including Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright and Josh Brolin.

The list of special guests of the 72nd Venice Film Festival is just beginning! In the various evenings of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, an exceptional parade of stars will walk over the red carpet: Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson and Benedict Cumberbatch for 'Black Mass' by Scott Cooper, a world premiere in Out of Competition; Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo in 'Spotlight' by Thomas McCarthy; Robert Pattinson for 'The Childhood of a Leader' by Brady Corbet in the Horizons section; Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne for 'The Danish Girl' by Tom Hooper competing in Venice 72; and again Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Anthony Hopkins .. Up to the whispers of a surprise arrival of Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro and Leonardo Di Caprio, the protagonists of Martin Scorsese's short film...

The godmother of the 2015 Venice Film Festival will be the beautiful Elisa Sednaoui, Italian model and actress who will attend the opening and closing nights of the exhibition.

Another impressive parade of names on the Venetian Film Festival red carpet include the three international juries who will award the official prizes. They will be composed, among others, by Alfonso Cuarón, Pawel Pawlikowski, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Diane Kruger, Elizabeth Banks, Paz Vega, Anita Caprioli, Roger Garcia, Charles Burnett and many other great journalists, directors, actors and scriptwriters protagonists of the film scene in recent years.

Events, exclusive parties, conferences and debates will as always be the backdrop to the numerous screenings scheduled at the Venice International Film Festival in 2015, confirming themselves amongst the most anticipated and appreciated moments of the festival.

Among the events related to the Venice Movie Festival, the schedule also features:

Venice Film Market: the Film Market of the 72nd edition Venice International Film Festival will be held from 3 to 8 September at the Hotel Excelsior. It will be juxtaposed to Industry Office, which will continue for the duration of the event to offer assistance to participants, information and meeting facilities.

Author Days, or Venice Days film festival: independent review of international film festival in Venice, which aims to promote quality films and those films that stand out for originality, innovation and independence. These features are pursued both in the selection of films and in the events organized during the festival.

International Critics' Week: now in its 30th edition, the International Critics' Week is promoted by the National Union of Italian Film Critics (SNCCI) with the aim of identifying new talent and emerging trends to offer the public the works of authors that are still little known.

Cinema in the Garden: Exhibition of the Venice Film Festival 2015 program, also a space open to all, where enthusiasts, professionals and amateurs will have free access to meetings and screenings. A new outdoor arena, set up in the gardens of the Casino, will host every night one or more guests (artists, actors,...) that will debate and entertain the general public by offering moments of reflection and ideas related to the issues of the screening that will follow the meeting.

Glamour, parties, events and emotions for ten days of show and entertainment! Lido is ready to reopen its doors to the cinema, to continue a tradition that has gone through the last century and continues today, renewing year after year to offer an event which is always in line with the latest news and trends of today's film making industry.

Choose one of several hotels in Venice and immerse yourself in the magic of the Venice Film Festival 2015: international guests, events, screenings and entertainment await you from 2 to 12 September!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff