Thursday, December 7, 2023

The 2021 Venice Film Festival Lineup

By Matt Neglia 

After having last year’s festival be a bit watered down by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Venice Film Festival has come roaring back this year with a mighty lineup of world premieres which promises for an exciting return to form for the festival. The full lineup for the 78th edition of the festival has been announced today and can be seen below.

Opening Night
“Parallel Mothers” – Pedro Almodóvar (in competition)

Competition/Venezia 78
“Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon” – Ana Lily Amirpour
“Un Autre Monde” – Stephanie Brize
“The Power of the Dog” – Jane Campion
“America Latina” – Damiano D’Innocenzo and Fabio D’Innocenzo
“L’Evenement” – Audrey Diwan
“Official Competition” – Gaston Duprat and Mariana Cohn
“Il Buco” – Michelangelo Frammartino
“Sundown” – Michel Franco
“Illusions Perdues” – Xavier Giannoli
“The Lost Daughter” – Maggie Gyllenhaal
“Spencer” – Pablo Larrain
“Freaks Out,” – Gabrielle Mainetti
“Qui Rido Io” – Mario Martone
“On the Job: The Missing 8” – Erik Matti
“Leave No Traces” – Jan P. Matuszynski
“Captain Volkonogov Escaped” – Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov
“The Card Counter” – Paul Schrader
“The Hand of God” – Paolo Sorrentino
“Reflection” – Valentyn Vasyanovych
“La Caja” – Lorenzo Vigas

Out of Competition (Fiction)
“Il Bambino Nascosto” – Roberto Ando (closing film of the festival)
“Les Choses Humaines” – Yvan Attal
“Ariaferma” – Leonardo di Costanzo
“Halloween Kills” – David Gordon Green
“La Scoula Cattolica” – Stefano Mordini
“Old Hnery” – Potsy Ponciroli
“The Last Duel” – Ridley Scott
“Dune” – Denis Villeneuve
“Last Night in Soho” – Edgar Wright
“Scenes From a Marriage” (Episodes 1-5) – Hagai Levi

Out of Competition (Non Fiction)
“Life of Crime 1984-2020” – Jon Alpert
“Tranchees” – Loup Bureau
“Viaggio Nel Crepuscolo” – Augusto Contento
“Republic of Silence” – Diana el Jeiroudi
“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song” – Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine
“Deandre#Deandre Storia Di Un Impiegato” – Roberta Lena
“Django and Django” – Luca Rea
“Ezio Bosso. Le Cose Che Restano” – Giorgio Verdelli

Out of Competition (Special Screenings)
“Le 7 Giornate di Bergamo” – Simona Ventura
“Il Cinema Al Tempo del Covid” – Andrea Segre

Out of Competition (Short Films)
“Plastic Semiotic” – Radu Jude
“The Night,” – Tsai Ming-Liang
“Sad Film” – Vasili (Pseudonym)

“Les Promesses” – Thomas Kruithof
“Atlantide” – Yuri Ancarani
“Miracle” – Bogdan George Apetri
“Pilgrims” – Laurynas Bareisa
“Il Paradiso Del Pavone” – Laura Bispuri
“The Falls” – Chung Mong-Hong
“El Hoyo en la Cerca ” – Joaquin Del Paso
“Amira” – Mohamed Diab
“A Plein Temps” – Eric Gravel
“107 Mothers” – Peter Kerekes
“Vera Dreams of the Sea” – Kaltrina Krasniqi
“White Building” – Kavich Neang
“Anatomy of Time” – Jakrawal Nilthamrong
“El Otro Tom” – Rodrigo Pla and Laura Santullo
“El Gran Movimiento” – Kiro Russo
“Once Upon a Time in Calcutta” – Aditya Vikram Sengupta
“Rhino” – Oleg Sentsov
“True Things” – Harry Wootliff
“Inu-Oh” – Yuasa Masaaki

Horizons/Orizzonti Extra
“Land of Dreams” – Sherin Neshat and Shoja Azari
“Costa Brava” – Mounia Akl
“Mama, I’m Home” – Vladimir Bitokov
“Ma Nuit” – Antoinette Boulat
“La Ragazza Ha Volato” – Wilma Labate
“7 Prisoners” – Alexandre Moratto
“The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic” – Teemu Nikki
“La Macchina Delle Immagini di Alfredo C.” – Roland Sejko

Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite“) will be the president of this year’s jury overseeing the films in competition. He will be joined by recent Oscar winner Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland“), Virginie Efira, Cynthia Erivo, Sarah Gadon, Saverio Costanzo & Alexander Nanau. The festival will take place September 1st – 11th.

What do you think of the lineup? Is there anything that jumps out at you? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

You can follow Matt and hear more of his thoughts on the Oscars and Film on Twitter at @NextBestPicture

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Matt Neglia
Matt Neglia
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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