Argentinian filmmaker Santiago Miterthe mexican Alejandro Gonzalez InarrituItalian Luca Guadagnino and the American Darren Aronofsky are among the contenders for the Golden Lion of the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival, presented today as a “window” on a world that continues to harass culture. “We often say that festivals are windows open to the world and it may be a tired idea, but it’s true that from this window we see things that we don’t like”, lamented the director of the Mostra during the presentation press conference. , Alberto Barbera.
The oldest international film festival in the world is celebrating its 90th anniversary and, for the occasion, an Official Selection of 23 films from all over the planet has been put in place, of which only two will be in Spanish, those of Inarritu there Miter.
The first will return to the Mostra, where it was created 21 grams (2003) or birdman (2014), this time with Bard. False chronicle of some truths, which also marks his return to his native Mexico. In his “most personal” film, according to Barbera, the Mexican will have in the cast Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Griselda Siciliani oh Ximena Lamadrid.
Miter will compete with Argentina, 1985, Protagonized by Ricardo Darin and this supposes “an exciting and meticulous reconstruction” of the judicial process during the Argentine dictatorship, argued the director of The student there Range.
Aronofskywho usually reserves the Venetian Lido for his premieres, as he did with Black Swan (2010) or Mother! (2017), will agree with The whalewith a Brendan Fraser in the role of a morbidly obese. While Guadagnino will ally with Timothée Chalametyour star in call me by your name (2017), with a story of love and cannibalism, bones and all.
In the competition will also be Blondthe biography of Marilyn Monroe Protagonized by Anne of Armsas good as the immensity from Italian Emmanuel Crialesewith the Spaniards Penelope Cruzwhich will also be at the start of Juan Diego Botto, in the marginsselected in the “Horizons” category of Venice.
The other films in the Official Selection are “TÁR”, the return of Todd Field from the hand of Cate Blanchett; The Eternal Daughter of Joanna Hogg con Tilda Swinton; oh Banshees of Inisherin from Irish Martin McDonagh Protagonized by Colin Farrel.
the american Laura Poitras will offer the only documentary in the Official Selection, All the beauty and bloodshedas veteran documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will opt this time for fiction with A couple. French Florian Zeller will compete with The sonProtagonized by Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby there Anthony Hopkins. From Italy they go Gianni Amelio con The Lord of AntsAndrea Pallaoro con Monica there Susanna Nicchiarelli con Chiara.
the son of the Greek Costa Gavras, Romain Gavraswill show your Athena; the Japaneses Koji Fukada Love lifeFrench Alice Diop Saint-OmerIranian Only Jailvand beyond the wall and the French Roschdy Zem there Rebecca Zlotowski Mine there Other people’s childrenrespectively.
A sample of this wounded world that persecutes the culture I alluded to barbera are Jafar Panahi, representative of the Iranian new wave and prisoner of the Tehran regime. The Mostra admitted to the competition Khers nist (No bear), his fourth film shot clandestinely, and asked for his release. As previously announced, the opening film will be white noiseThe return of Noah Baumbach in Venice after Marriage story (2019), always with Adam Driver.
In the Horizontes section, dedicated to new avant-garde movements and the second most important of the competition, highlights the behind-the-scenes beginnings of Juan Diego Botto con Penelope Cruz as good as The bride from Portuguese Sergio Trefaut with the actress Lola Duenas. The Argentinian filmmaker will also compete Laura Citarelle con Trenque Lauquen and the chilean Fernando Guzzoni con white girlwhile the Mexican Carlos Eichelmann Kaiser will present red shoes.
A special mention deserves the “Out of competition” selection, which every year usually hosts surprises, this time Argentina’s return to Venice Lucrece Martel with his short Housemaid since in 2017 he brought his colonial drama Stay. Or the short of Sally Porter, Look at me, done by Javier Bardem there Chris Rock. It will also offer a double Danish premiere: that of the series of Lars of Trier, Exodus rulesthere Copenhagen Cowboy of Nicolas Winding Refn for Netflix. Among the many out-of-competition proposals, the still controversial Pierre Olivier will be the first Nuclearwhile the musician Harry Styles will pass through Venice for the first Don’t worry honey.