“Roma,” “Suspiria,” “Norway” Set For Venice?

Roma Suspiria Norway Set For Venice

If there was one common sentiment regarding film festivals in the first half of this year, it’s that there really wasn’t any major awards contenders to emerge from the pack.

Sundance, Berlin & Cannes all sported some excellent films, including a few universally acclaimed titles like “The Rider” and “Eighth Grade” along with some very well received ones like “You Were Never Really Here,” “Leave No Trace,” “Cold War,” “Shoplifters,” “Searching,” “Burning” and “Sorry to Bother You”.

However many of the most anticipated and serious awards fare titles simply weren’t ready in time or were held back for one reason or another, which has made anticipation for the three major Fall film festival line-ups – Venice, Telluride and Toronto – more acute than usual.

Today Variety has revealed some of the first titles set to premiere and there are some big ones on offer. Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic drama “First Man” will open the festival on August 29th, and will herald in the work from some big names including Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria,” Paul Greengrass’ “Norway,” Jacques Audiard’s “The Sisters Brothers,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” Mike Leigh’s “Peterloo,” Yann DeMange’s “White Boy Rick,” Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir,” Zhang Yimou’s “Shadow,” Laszlo Nemes’ “Sunset,” Mario Martone’s “Capri, Revolution” and Felix Van Groeningen’s “Beautiful Boy”.

HBO is also expected to screen at least some of its series adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend” novels. Three titles that will NOT be appearing are Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased” Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Francois Ozon’s “Alexandre”. In a separate piece at The Independent it has been suggested Terrence Malick’s “Radegund” will debut at one of the Fall festivals this year as well.