Published On: Thu, Jul 27th, 2017

Venice begins Oscar buzz with sturdy line-up

The celebrated Venice movie pageant has introduced a star-studded line up which units the tone for this yr’s awards season.

George Clooney behind the digital camera, the long-anticipated return of Alexander Payne and Darren Aronofsky’s first enterprise into horror territory are three of the much-anticipated moments.

All eyes are on Suburbicon, Clooney’s sixth directorial effort and considered one of two Matt Damon movies opening on the pageant.

The black comedy, set within the 1950s, was written by the Coen brothers and likewise stars Josh Brolin, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac.

The opposite huge shock within the line-up is the return of Alexander Payne, who had been away from the circuit since 2013’s Oscar-nominated Nebraska.

Payne will open his newest sci-fi drama Downsizing on the Venice Lido.

Mother poster
Darren Aronofsky’s Mom! poster exhibits Lawrence with a bleeding coronary heart

The movie stars Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Christoph Waltz and Jason Sudekis, and follows a person who decides to shrink himself to raised take care of life.

One other shock return is Darren Aronofsky, whose first horror flick Mom! has given us nothing however a lurid poster with Jennifer Lawrence placidly holding her coronary heart in her fingers.

Additionally within the sci-fi/horror realm is Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro’s The Form Of Water – a bizarre-sounding love story between a sea creature and a lonely authorities clerk.

“I am very happy,” stated Venice director Alberto Barbera after saying the lineup.

“I’ve to say that I’m 97% happy within the sense that there are solely possibly two or three movies that we wished to have for the pageant, and we could not as a result of they’ll go to different festivals.”

Martin McDonaugh’s darkish thriller Three Billboards Exterior Ebbing, Missouri additionally options, and sees Frances McDormand going towards a small city’s police chief after her daughter is murdered.

As for the streaming giants, Venice has just one competitors entry from Amazon and none from Netflix or Hulu.

Netflix will probably be in Venice although, with its first Italian present Suburra, screening a brand new present referred to as Wormwood, and the movie Our Souls At Night time, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, who will each obtain honorary Golden Lions.

The pageant may even characteristic a particular part devoted solely to digital actuality, together with a reworked 3D model of Michael Jackson’s Thriller directed by John Landis.

The Venice movie pageant will run from 30 August to 9 September.

Full line-up:


Downsizing, Alexander Payne (opening movie)
Human Circulation, Al Weiwei
Mom!, Darren Aronofsky
Suburbicon, George Clooney
The Form of Water, Guillermo del Toro
L’insulte, Ziad Doueiri
La Villa, Robert Guediguian
Lean on Pete, Andrew Haigh
Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, Abdellatif Kechiche
Sandome No Satsujin (The Third Homicide), Hirokazu Koreeda
Custody (Jusqu’a La Garde), Xavier Legrand
Ammore e Malavita, Manetti Bros
Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz
Three Billboards Exterior Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh
Hannah, Andrea Pallaoro
Jia Nian Hua (Angels Put on White), Vivian Qu
Una Famiglia, Sebastiano Rosa
First Reformed, Paul Schrader
Candy Nation, Warwick Thornton
The Leisure Seeker, Paolo Virzi
Ex Libris – New York Public Library, Frederick Wiseman


Our Souls At Night time, Ritesh Batra
Victoria And Abdul, Stephen Frears
La Melodie, Rachid Hami
Outrage Coda, Takeshi Kitano (closing movie)
Loving Pablo, Fernando León de Aranoa
Il Signor Rotpeter, Antonietta de Lillo
Diva!, Francesco Patierno
Racer and The Jailbird, Michaël R. Roskam
Zama, Lucrecia Martel
Wormwood, Errol Morris
The Personal Lifetime of A Fashionable Girl, James Toback
Brawl In Cell Block 99, S. Craig Zahler
Il Colore Nascosto Delle Cose, Silvio Soldini


Cuba and the Cameraman, Jon Alpert
My Technology, David Batty
The Satan and Father Amorth, William Friedkin
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, Stephen Nomura Schible
Piazza Vittorio, Abel Ferrara
This Is Congo, Daniel McCabe
Jim & Andy: The Nice Past: The Story of Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman and Tony Clifton, Chris Smith
Pleased Winter, Giovanni Totaro


Casa d’Altri, Gianni Amelio
Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D, John Landis
Making Of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Jerry Kramer


Disappearance, Ali Asgari
Especes Menacees, Gilles Bourdos
The Rape of Recy Taylor, Nancy Buirski
Caniba, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
Les Bienheureux, Sofia Djama
Marvin, Anne Fontaine
Invisible, Pablo Giorgelli
Brutti e Cattivi, Cosimo Gomez
The Cousin, Tzahi Grad
The Testomony, Amichai Greenberg
No Date, No Signature, Vahid Jalilvand
Los Versos Del Olvido, Alireza Khatami
The Night time I Swam, Damien Manivel, Igarashi Kohei
Nico, 1988, Susanna Nicchiarelli
Krieg, Rick Ostermann
West Of Sunshine, Jason Raftopoulos
Gatta Cenerentola, Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Dario Sansone
Beneath The Tree, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson
La Vita in Comune, Edoardo Winspeare


Manuel – Dario Albertini
Controfigura – Rä Di Martino
Woodshock – Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy
Nato a Casal di Principe – Bruno Oliviero
Suburra – La serie – Michele Placido, Andre Molaili, Guiseppe Capotondi
Tuers – François Troukens, Jean-François Hensgens


La Lunga Strada del Ritorno, Alessandro Blasetti
Barbiana ’65 La Lezione di Don Milani, Alessandro G. A. D’Alessandro
Lievito Madre, Le Ragazze del Secolo Scorso, Concita de Gregorio, Esmeralda Calabria

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