Venice Unveils Incredible 2018 Film Fest Line-Up

Venice Unveils Incredible 2018 Film Fest Line Up

The full list of movies set to premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival has arrived. With film festivals in the first half of the year proving rather soft for big-ticket films, Venice this year (more than ever) is being seen as a major launchpad for the year’s awards season and as a result there’s an abundance of potential quality. Last year “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” got their starts at Venice, as did “Jackie” and “La La Land” in 2016.

Unlike Cannes which has been steadfast against including films originating from streaming services, Venice has no such qualms and has embraced Netflix with both arms and plans to screen six of their original films. Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera said in a news conference: “we cannot refuse to come to terms with the reality of the new production landscape”.

Amongst the high profile works to screen are Joel and Ethan Coen’s western “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” which was a series and has become a movie. Also screening is “The Babadook” director Jennifer Kent’s new film “The Nightingale,” Luca Guadagnino’s already being raved about “Suspiria” remake, and Damien Chazelle’s astronaut drama “First Man” which will open the festival.

Also showing are Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Paul Greengrass’ “22 July,” S. Craig Zahler’s “Dragged Across Concrete,” Brady Corbet’s “Vox Lux,” Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” Jacques Audiard’s “The Sister Brothers,” Mike Leigh’s “Peterloo,” Laszlo Nemes’ “Sunset” and Zhang Yimou’s “Shadow”.

Special presentations include the restoration of Orson Welles’ unfinished final film “The Other Side of the Wind” and a three hour cut of “The Tree of Life” with Terrence Malick on hand to talk about it. Guillermo Del Toro will preside over this year’s jury and here’s the full line-up:

IN COMPETITION:

“22 July,” Paul Greengrass (Norway, Iceland)
“At Eternity’s Gate,” Julian Schnabel (U.S., France)
“Capri-Revolution,” Mario Martone (Italy, France)
“Doubles Vies,” Olivier Assayas (France)
“First Man,” Damien Chazelle (U.S.)
“Freres Ennemis,” David Oelhoffen (France, Belgium)
“Killing,” Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)
“Neustro Tiempo,” Carlos Reygadas (Mexico & Others)
“Peterloo,” Mike Leigh (U.K., U.S.)
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron (Mexico)
“Sunset,” Laszlo Nemes (Hungary, France)
“Suspiria,” Luca Guadagnino (Italy)
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Ethan and Joel Coen (U.S.)
“The Favorite,” Yorgos Lanthimos (U.S.)
“The Mountain,” Rick Alverson (U.S.)
“The Nightingale,” Jennifer Kent (Australia)
“The Sisters Brothers,” Jacques Audiard (France & Others)
“Vox Lux,” Brady Corbet (U.S.)
“What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?”, Roberto Minervini (Italy & Others)
“Work Ohne Autor,” Florian Henkel Von Donnersmark (Germany)

OUT OF COMPETITION:

SPECIAL EVENT
“The Other Side Of The Wind,” Orson Welles (U.S.)
“They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead,” Morgan Neville (U.S.)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
“Il Diario Di Angela – Noi Due Cineasti,” Yervant Gianikian (Italy)
“My Brilliant Friend,” Saverio Costanzo (Italy, Belgium)

FICTION
“A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper (U.S.)
“A Tramway in Jerusalem,” Amos Gitai (Israel, France)
“Dragged Across Concrete,” S. Craig Zahler (U.S.)
“La Quietud,” Pablo Trapero (Argentina)
“Les Estivants,” Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (France, Italy)
“Mi Obra Maestra,” Gaston Duprat (Argentina, Spain)
“Shadow,” Zhang Yimou (China)
“Un Peuple et Son Roi,” Pierre Schoeller (France, Belgium)
“Una Storia Senza Nome,” Roberto Andò (Italy)

NON-FICTION
“1938 Diversi,” Giorgio Treves (Italy)
“A Letter to a Friend In Gaza,” Amos Gitai (Israel)
“American Dharma,” Errol Morris (U.S., U.K.)
“Aquarela,” Victor Kossakovsky (U.K., Germany)
“Carmine Street Guitars,” Ron Mann (Canada)
“El Pepe, Una Vida Suprema,” Emir Kusturica (Argentina, Uruguay, Serbia)
“Introduzione All’Oscuro,” Gaston Solnicki (Argentina, Austria)
“Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls Of Mosul,” Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi (Italy, Germany)
“Monrovia, Indiana,” Frederick Wieseman (U.S.)
“Process,” Sergei Loznitsa (The Netherlands)
“Your Face,” Tsai Ming-Liang (Chinese Taipei)