Thursday, July 25, 2013

Venice Film Festival Line-Up Announced

This year marks the 70th Venice Film Festival, one of the holy trifecta of fall festival season.  It was already announced that Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, his bold 3-D lost in space science fiction odyssey will be opening out of competition.  Here is the rest of the slate:

Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin
Ana Arabia (Israel)- directed by Amos Gitai
Child of God (USA)- directed by James Franco- Just months after the Cannes premiere of Franco's Faulkner adaptation of As I Lay Dying, the actor-multi-hyphenate takes his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel to Venice; Franco co-stars with Tim Blake Nelson. 
Es-Stouh (France)- directed by Merzak Allouache
Joe (USA)- directed by David Gordon Green-  Nicolas Cage and The Tree of Life's Tye Sheridan star in Green's latest, a drama about the relationship between an ex-con and a 15-year-old boy.
La Jalousie (France)- directed by Philippe Garrel
L'intrepido (Italy)- directed by Gianni Amelio
Miss Violence (Greece)- directed by Alexandros Avranas
Night Moves (USA)- directed by Kelly Reichardt
Philomena (UK)- directed by Stephen Frears- As expected Frears is premiering his latest drama-- about a woman and her search for her adult son-- in competition here.  Frears previously took his The Queen, Dirty Pretty Things and Liam to Venice.
The Policeman's Wife- directed by Philip Groning
Sacro Gra (Italy)- directed by Gianfranco Rosi
Stray Dogs (Taiwan)- directed by Ming-liang Tsai
Tom at the Farm (Canada)- directed by Xavier Dolan- The latest gay drama from the director of Laurence Anyways and I Killed My Mother.
Tracks (UK)- directed by John Curran- This biographical drama starring Mia Wasikowski and Adam Driver about a young woman who goes on a 1,700 mile trek across the deserts of West Australia will also play Toronto.  Curran previously directed Stone, The Painted Veil and We Don't Live Here Anymore.
Under the Skin (USA/UK)- directed by Jonathon Glazen-  Scarlett Johansson stars as in alien in Glazen's follow-up to Birth, the Nicole Kidman oddity that came out nine years ago.
The Unknown Known: The Life & Times of Donald Runsfeld (USA)- directed by Errol Morris
Via Castellana Bandiera (Italy)- directed by Emma Dante
The Wind Rises (Japan)- directed by Hayao Miyazaki
The Zero Theorem (USA)- directed by Terry Gilliam-- Gilliam's latest surrealist fantasia stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton and involves a computer hacker's goal to discover the key to human existence.

Full list here.

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