The 79th Venice International Film Festival revealed an exceptional lineup of films in Competition for the Golden Lion in 2022. Kicking off the Fall film festivals and award season, some of the world’s leading filmmakers heading to Lido include Alejandro G Iñárritu, Jafar Panahi, Joanna Hogg, Darren Aronofsky, and Noah Baumbach. Below is the full list of films in Competition.
Opening Film – Noah Baumbach’s White Noise
Starring Adam Driver & Greta Gerwig Noah Baumbach’s White Noise is set to be the opening film of the 79th Venice Film Festival and is scheduled to screen on Wednesday August 31st, in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema. The film will be having it’s World Premiere and this will be a return to Lido for both Adam Driver and Noah Baumbach who previously worked together in Marriage Story. White Noise is adapted from the 1985 Don DeLillo novel of the same name.
“It is a truly wonderful thing to return to the Venice Film Festival, and an incredible honor to have White Noise play as the opening night film. This is a place that loves cinema so much, and it’s a thrill and a privilege to join the amazing films and filmmakers that have premiered here.”
Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All
Starring Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet alongside a cast that includes Michael Stuhlbarg, André Holland, Chloë Sevigny, David Gordon-Green, Jessica Harper, Jake Horowitz and Mark Rylance. The film is scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Bones and All reunites Luca Guadagnino with Timothée Chalamet. They worked together on Call Me By Your Name.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Bardo
Bardo, A False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths is the full english title of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s next film. Being one of four films being presented by Netflix at this year’s Venice Film Festival, the film stars Daniel Giménez Cacho, and Griselda Siciliani, with the screenplay cowritten by Iñárritu and Nicolás Giacobone.
Andrew Dominik’s Blonde
Blonde chronicles the rise to fame and the epic demise of actress Marilyn Monroe (played by Ana de Armas) as she becomes the icon and one of the biggest stars in the world. The film also stars Adrien Brody, Sara Paxton and Bobby Cannavale and is also being released by Netflix.
Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale
Based on Samuel D. Hunter’s 2012 drama play, Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale is released by A24 and stars Brendan Fraser as a 600-pound man. The cast also includes Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Samantha Morton and Ty Simpkins.
Todd Field’s TAR
The story of fictional world-renowned composer and conductor Lydia Tár a genius of the art who is preparing to record her greatest work yet. Starring Cate Blanchett, Noémie Merlant, Sophie Kauer, Julian Glover, Allan Corduner, Mark Strong and Nina Hoss.
Gianni Amelio’s The Lord of the Ants
The Italian title of Gianni Amelio’s biopic of Italian playwright and poet Aldo Braibanti, Aldo Braibanti, who was jailed in 1968 due to a Fascist-era anti-gay law is Il signore delle formiche. The film stars Luigi Lo Cascio, Elio Germano, Sara Serraiocco, and Leonardo Maltese. The script was written by Amelio together with Enrico Fava and Edoardo Petti.
Koji Fukada’s Love Life
Koji Fukada will arrive at the Venice Film Festival with the Japanese French drama Love Life starring Fumino Kimura, Kento Nagayama, Atom Sunada. The film follows Taeko and her husband Jiro, living a peaceful existence with her young son Keita. When a tragic accident brings the boy’s long-lost father, Park, back into her life, to cope with the pain and guilt, Taeko throws herself into helping this deaf and homeless man.
Alice Diop’s Saint Omer
In Alice Diop’s Saint Omer, Rama, a novelist who attends the trial of Laurence Coly at the Saint-Omer Criminal Court to use her story to write a modern-day adaptation of the ancient myth of Medea, but things don’t go as expected. The film stars Kayije Kagame as Rama along with Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dreville, and Aurélia Petit.
Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin
Distributed by Searchlight Pictures, The Banshees of Inisherin tells the story of a pair of lifelong friends on a remote Irish island find themselves at an awkward time in their relationship when one of them no longer wants to be friends. The film is starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, and Barry Keoghan.
Rebecca Zlotowski’s Other People’s Children
Rebecca Zlotowski’s Other People’s Children follows Rachel (played by Virginie Efira), a woman who loves her life, her students, her friends, her ex, her guitar lessons. When she falls in love with Ali (Roschdy Zem), she grows close to his 4-year-old daughter, Leila. She tucks her in, looks after her, and loves her like a mother… which she isn’t. Not yet. Rachel is 40. The desire for a family of her own is growing stronger, and the clock is ticking. Is it too late?
Emanuele Crialese’s L’immensità
Starring Penélope Cruz, Luana Giuliani, Vincenzo Amato, Patrizio Francioni, L’immensità is set in Rome in the 1970s and follows The Borghetti family have just moved into one of the city’s countless, newly built apartment blocks. Despite their new living arrangement on the top floor of one such block, looking out across the entire city, Clara and Felice are no longer in love, but they can’t bring themselves to split up. Clara finds refuge from her loneliness in the special relationship she enjoys with her three children. The eldest, Adriana, who’s unknown in their new neighbourhood, deliberately introduces herself to the local children as a boy, pushing the family bond to breaking point.
Florian Zeller’s The Son
Based on Florian Zeller’s play, Les Fils, the final part in a trilogy of work and the follow up to the Academy Award winner The Father stars Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath, Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Quarshie
Santiago Mitre’s Argentina 1985
Starring Ricardo Darín, Peter Lanzani, Alejandra Flechner, Norman Briski. In Santiago Mitre’s Argentina 1985, a team of lawyers take on the heads of Argentina’s bloody military dictatorship during the 1980s in a battle against odds and a race against time.
Romain Gavras’ Athena
The tragic death of their younger brother in troubled circumstances will in a few hours tip the lives of a sibling into chaos. Starring Dali Benssalah, Sami Slimane, Anthony Bajon, Ouassini Embarek, Alexis Manenti
Frederick Wiseman’s A Couple
in Frederick Wiseman’s A Couple, the story follows a long term relationship between a man and a woman. The man is Leo Tolstoy. The woman is his wife, Sophia played by Nathalie Boutefeu.
Vahid Jalilvand’s Beyond the Wall
The life of a blind man starts to fall apart when a wandering woman enters his life. Starring Navid Mohammadzadeh, Diana Habibi, and Amir Aghaee
Susanna Nicchiarelli ‘s Chiara
Starring Margherita Mazzucco as Saint Clare of Assisi, Susanna Nicchiarelli ‘s Chiara tells the story of a saint, the story of a girl and her dream of freedom. The film also stars Andrea Carpenzano, Carlotta Natoli, Paola Tiziana Cruciani, and Luigi Lo Cascio.
Joanna Hogg’s The Eternal Daughter
Another film in competition at the Venice Film Festival this year with rights from A24, Joanna Hogg’s The Eternal Daughter follows an artist (Tilda Swinton) and her elderly mother confront long-buried secrets when they return to a former family home, now a hotel haunted by its mysterious past.
Roschdy Zem’s Our Ties
French actor Roschdy Zem’s 6th film as a director heads to the Venice Film Festival to appear in Competition in Lido. Roschdy Zem leads the cast alongside Sami Bouajila, Rachid Bouchareb, and Maïwenn. The story follows Moussa, a gentle man who is altruistic and present for his family. Unlike his brother Ryad, a well-known TV presenter who is criticized for his selfishness by those around him.
Andrea Pallaoro’s Monica
Starring Trace Lysette, Patricia Clarkson, Adriana Barraza, Emily Browning, Joshua Close, Andrea Pallaoro’s Monica is an intimate portrait of a woman who returns home to care for her dying mother.
Jafar Panahi’s No Bears
Iranian filmmaker and actor Jafar Panahi returns to Lido with a film in Competition that he delivers a lead performance in along with a cast that includes Naser Hashemi, Vahid Mobasseri, Bakhtiyar Panjeei and Mina Kavani. No Bears is a film about two parallel love stories in which the partners are thwarted by hidden, inevitable obstacles, the force of superstition, and the mechanics of power. Panahi’s The Circle won the Golden Lion in 2000 and his film 3 Faces won the best screenplay in Competition at Cannes in 2018.
Laura Poitras All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Academy Award winner Laura Poitras heads to Lido with All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, a film about photographer Nan Goldin’s battle against the notorious big-pharma Sackler family.
The 79th Venice International Film Festival is scheduled to take place at Venice Lido from 31 August to 10 September 2022. The festival is organized by La Biennale di Venezia and directed by Alberto Barbera. The top prize at the Venice International Film Festival is the coveted Golden Lion. Julianne Moore is president of the jury this year.