Likely Venice 2017 Fest Contenders Revealed

Just under a week out from the official announcement of this year’s Venice Film Festival line-up, Variety has posted their own list of contenders that will very likely be making their debuts on the Lido come festival time.

Almost certain to make the cut are fest opener Alexander Payne’s miniaturisation comedy “Downsizing” along with George Clooney-directed and Coens-penned black comedy “Suburbicon,” Guillermo Del Toro’s period fishman & mute girl romance tale “The Shape of Water,” Martin McDonaugh’s dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and Netflix’s “Our Souls at Night” starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.

Also likely on the way are Abdellatif Kechiche’s top secret 1980s coming of age tale “Mektoub Is Mektoub,” Stephen Frears’ “Victoria and Abdul” with Judi Dench as the famed monarch, Paolo Virzi’s “Ella and John” with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple, Andrew Haigh’s racehorse coming of age tale “Lean on Pete,” Paul Schrader’s mystery drama “First Reformed” and Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama”.

Two titles almost certain to be absent are Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” which both had been considered as possibilities.

Last year’s Venice fest proved a breeding ground for some major awards contenders including “La La Land,” “Arrival,” “Jackie,” and “Nocturnal Animals”.

The 74th Venice Film Festival runs from August 30th to September 9th.