77. Venice International Film Festival

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

From 02 September 2020 to 12 September 2020

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From 2 to September 12 the Venice Film Festival 2020 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 77th Venice Film Festival is meant to symbolize a much longed-for celebration of a new beginning after the difficult pause caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Venice Film Festival 2020 will be the first international festival to open its doors again: a strong message of optimism addressed to the world of cinema which was extremely affected by the crisis. In addition, the film festival in Venice wants to celebrate the hard work and commitment of directors and producers who, despite difficult working conditions, have been able to create cinema productions of the highest level.

In order to comply with the health guidelines imposed by the Covid-19 emergency and consequently safeguard the safety of all the guests, the Venice Film Festival competition has introduced some important new measures for its latest edition: the total number of films in the official selection will be reduced. In fact, the Venezia 77 and 'Orizzonti', 'Fuori Concorso' and 'Biennale College Cinema' sections have been confirmed at the Venice Film Festival lineup. The screenings will be held in the rooms traditionally set up at Lido, with all health and safety measures established by the competent authorities on the date of the event being adhered to.

The 'Venezia Virtual Reality' competition will be fully accessible online, thanks to an innovative dedicated platform, accessible to all accredited participants, in collaboration with VRChat, HTC Viveport and VRrOOm.

As for the Venezia Classici section, this will be hosted within the program of the 'Il Cinema Ritrovato' festival, promoted by the Cineteca of Bologna, which will take place from 25 to 31 August in the city in Emilia. The selection of restored Classics will then be showcased in Venice in the following months. This year the Film Festival has decided not to run the Confini section.

In this special edition, two outdoor arenas will also be available, one at the Giardini della Biennale and one at the Lido skating rink. Most of the films on the official program will also be screened at the Rossini Cinema in Venice and at the Candiani Cultural Center in Mestre.

The film opening this exceptional edition of the Venetian Film Festival will, for the first time in 11 years, be an Italian film titled 'Lacci' and directed by Daniele Lucchetti. The closing film is also an Italian film: ‘Lasciami andare’, a vibrant psychological thriller by Stefano Mordini.

The documentary ‘Molecole’ will be screened on Tuesday 1 September on the occasion of the pre-opening evening and will show Venice as never seen before due to the Coronavirus.

The Godmother of the Venice Film Festival this year will be actress Anna Foglietta, born in 1979, who will inaugurate and close the 77th Venice Film Festival. She will also be charmingly appearing on the Venice Film Festival 2020 red carpet on several occasions.

Talking about its glitzy soul... Who will we see on the Venice Film Festival red carpet? The 77th Venice Film Festival will certainly bring to the lagoon a long list of national and international stars, amongst them Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchet who will be president of the Jury, Helen Mirren, Stacy Martin, Monica Bellucci, Willem Dafoe, Andrew Garfield and many more! Who will make this year's red carpet magical?

Competing Venice Film Festival movies 2020 at Venezia 77 - International film competition for a world premiere:

  • IN BETWEEN DYING by HILAL BAYDAROV

  • LE SORELLE MACALUSO by EMMA DANTE

  • THE WORLD TO COME by MONA FASTVOLD

  • NUEVO ORDEN by MICHEL FRANCO

  • AMANTS (LOVERS) by NICOLE GARCIA

  • LAILA IN HAIFA by AMOS GITAI

  • DOROGIE TOVARISCHI! (DEAR COMRADES!) by ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY

  • SPY NO TSUMA (WIFE OF A SPY) by KIYOSHI KUROSAWA

  • KHORSHID (SUN CHILDREN) by MAJID MAJIDI

  • PIECES OF A WOMAN by KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ

  • MISS MARX by SUSANNA NICCHIARELLI

  • PADRENOSTRO by CLAUDIO NOCE

  • NOTTURNO by GIANFRANCO ROSI

  • ŚNIEGU JUŻ NIGDY NIE BĘDZIE (NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN) by MAŁGORZATA SZUMOWSKA, coregia: MICHAŁ ENGLERT

  • THE DISCIPLE by CHAITANYA TAMHANE

  • UND MORGEN DIE GANZE WELT (AND TOMORROW THE ENTIRE WORLD) by JULIA VON HEINZ

  • QUO VADIS, AIDA? by JASMILA ZBANIC

  • NOMADLAND by CHLOÉ ZHAO

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

  • MILA (APPLES) by CHRISTOS NIKOU

  • LA TROISIÈME GUERRE by GIOVANNI ALOI

  • MEEL PATTHAR (MILESTONE) by IVAN AYR

  • DASHTE KHAMOUSH (THE WASTELAND) by AHMAD BAHRAMI

  • THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN by KAOUTHER BEN HANIA

  • I PREDATORI by PIETRO CASTELLITTO

  • MAINSTREAM by GIA COPPOLA

  • LAHI, HAYOP (GENUS PAN) by LAV DIAZ

  • ZANKA CONTACT by ISMAËL EL IRAKI

  • LA NUIT DES ROIS by PHILIPPE LACÔTE

  • THE FURNACE by RODERICK MACKAY

  • JENAYAT-E BI DEGHAT (CARELESS CRIME) by SHAHRAM MOKRI

  • GAZA MON AMOUR by TARZAN NASSER, ARAB NASSER

  • SELVA TRÁGICA by YULENE OLAIZOLA

  • GUERRA E PACE by MARTINA PARENTI, MASSIMO D'ANOLFI

  • NOWHERE SPECIAL by UBERTO PASOLINI

  • LISTEN by ANA ROCHA DE SOUSA

  • BU ZHI BU XIU (THE BEST IS YET TO COME) by WANG JING

  • ZHELTAYA KOSHKA (YELLOW CAT) by ADILKHAN YERZHANOV

  • NATTÅGET (THE NIGHT TRAIN) by JERRY CARLSSON

  • THE SHIFT by LAURA CARREIRA

  • WORKSHOP by JUDAH FINNIGAN

  • SOGNI AL CAMPO by MAGDA GUIDI

 

There is a long programme also for the Out of Competition section of the Venice Film Festival lineup 2020 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.

  • LACCI – OPENING FILM by DANIELE LUCHETTI

  • LASCIAMI ANDARE – CLOSING FILM by STEFANO MORDINI

  • MANDIBULES by QUENTIN DUPIEUX

  • DI YI LU XIANG (LOVE AFTER LOVE) by ANN HUI

  • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI by REGINA KING

  • ASSANDIRA by SALVATORE MEREU

  • THE DUKE by ROGER MICHELL

  • NAK-WON-EUI-BAM (NIGHT IN PARADISE) by PARK HOON-JUNG

  • MOSQUITO STATE by FILIP JAN RYMSZA

  • SPORTIN’ LIFE by ABEL FERRARA

  • CRAZY, NOT INSANE by ALEX GIBNEY

  • GRETA by NATHAN GROSSMAN

  • SALVATORE - SHOEMAKER OF DREAM by LUCA GUADAGNINO

  • FINAL ACCOUNT by LUKE HOLLAND

  • LA VERITÀ SU LA DOLCE VITA by GIUSEPPE PEDERSOLI

  • MOLECOLE – PRE-OPENING FILM by ANDREA SEGRE

  • NARCISO EM FÉRIAS by RENATO TERRA, RICARDO CALIL

  • PAOLO CONTE, VIA CON ME by GIORGIO VERDELLI

  • HOPPER/WELLES by ORSON WELLES

  • CITY HALL by FREDERICK WISEMAN

Special Event

  • THE HUMAN VOICE by PEDRO ALMODÓVAR

  • 30 COINS (30 MONEDAS) – EPISODE 1 by ÁLEX DE LA IGLESIA

  • PRINCESSE EUROPE by CAMILLE LOTTEAU

  • OMELIA CONTADINA by ALICE ROHRWACHER

 

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 2020, 'Venezia Classici', 'Biennale College - Cinema' and '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 two feature films selected and produced for the Venetian Film Festival: 'El arte de volver' by Pedro Collantes and by Hannaleena Hauru.

  • 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, ‘Cronaca di un amore’ by Michelangelo Antonioni, ‘Claudine’ by Jhon Berry and 'Sedotta e abbandonata' by Pietro Germi.

  • 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 2020! 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 2 to 12 September!

 

By Insidecom Editorial Staff