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2017 Venice Film Festival lineup announced

Moments ago, the Venice Film Festival announced their lineup for this year, and it again seems to suggest a strong brewing Oscar race. Coming hot on the heels of the initial Toronto International Film Festival slate, there’s a lot of overlap between the two. Auteurs like Darren Aronofsky, George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro, Martin McDonagh, and Alexander Payne will be in Italy this time around. Each is hoping to make an Academy Award case for their latest work. Time will tell if that happens, but there’s definitely potential here. Read on to see some of what will be playing in Venice at the end of August/the beginning of September…

Among the 2017 entrants of note for this fest, we have Downsizing from Alexander Payne, First Reformed from Paul Schrader, Lean on Pete from Andrew Haigh, mother! from Darren Aronofsky, The Shape of Water from Guillermo del Toro, Suburbicon from George Clooney, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri from Martin McDonagh, among the Competition titles. Out of competition, the lineup includes Brawl in Cell Block 99 from S. Craig Zahler, The Devil and Father Amorth from William Friedkin, Our Souls at Night from Ritesh Batra, Piazza Vittorio from Abel Ferrara, The Private Life of a Modern Woman from James Toback, The Rape of Recy Taylor from Nancy Bairiki, Victoria & Abdul from Stephen Frears, Woodshock from Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy, and Wormwood from Errol Morris.

Here now are all of the selections for the Venice Film Festival:


Human Flow, Ai Weiwei

Mother!, Darren Aronofsky

Suburbicon, George Clooney

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro

L’insulte, ZIad Doueiri

La Villa, Robert Guediguian

Lean on Pete, Andrew Haigh

Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, Abdellatif Kechiche

The Third Murder, Koreeda Hirokazu

Jusqu’a la Garde, Xavier Legrand

Ammore e Malavita, Manetti Brothers

Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh

Hannah, Andrea Pallaoro

Downsizing, Alexander Payne

Angels Wear White, Vivian Qu

Una Famiglia, Sebastiano Riso

First Reformed, Paul Schrader

Sweet Country, Warwick Thornton

The Leisure Seeker, Paolo Virzi

Ex Libris – The New York Public Library, Frederick Wiseman


Our Souls at Night, Ritesh Batra

Il Signor Rotpeter, Antonietta de Lillo

Victoria & Abdul, Stephen Frears

La Melodie, Rachid Hami

Outrage Coda, Kitano Takeshi

Loving Pablo, Fernando Leon de Aranoa

Zama, Lucrecia Martel

Wormwood, Errol Morris

Diva!, Franceso Patierno

Le FIdele, Michael R. Roskam

Diva!, Franceso Patierno

Il Colore Nascosto Delle Cose, Silvio Soldini

The Private Life of a Modern Woman, James Toback

Brawl in Cell Block 99, S. Craig Zahler


Cuba and the Cameraman, Jon Alpert

My Generation, David Batty

Piazza Vittorio, Abel Ferrara

The Devil and Father Amorth, William Friedkin

This is Congo, Daniel McCabe

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, Stephen Nomura Schible

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. The Story of Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman and Tony Clifton, Chris Smith

Happy Winter, Giovanni Totaro


Casa d’Altri, Gianni Amelio

Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D, John Landis

Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983), Jerry Kramer


Disappearance, Ali Asgari

Especes Menacees, Gilles Bourdos

The Rape of Recy Taylor, Nancy Buirski

Caniba, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel

Les Bienheureux, Sofia Djama

Marvin, Anne Fontaine

Invisible, Pablo Giorgelli

Brutti e Cattivi, Cosimo Gomez

The Cousin, Tzahi Grad

The Testament, Amichai Greenberg

No Date, No Signature, Vahid Jalilvand

Los Versos del Olvido, Alireza Khatami

The Night I Swam, Damien Manivel, Igarashi Kohei

Nico, 1988, Susanna Nicchiarelli

Krieg, Rick Ostermann

West of Sunshine, Jason Raftopoulos

Gatta Cenerentola, Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Dario Sansone

Under the Tree, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson

La Vita in Comune, Edoardo Winspeare


Manuel, Dario Albertini

Controfigura, Ra di Martino

Woodshock, Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy

Nato a Casal di Principe, Bruno Oliviero

Suburra – The Series, Michele Placido, Andrea Molaioli, Giuseppe Capotondi

Tueurs, Francois, Troukens, Jean-Francois Hensgens


Light Years, Manuel Abramovich

Evviva Giuseppe, Stefano Consiglio

La Lucida Follia di Marco Ferreri, Selma Jean Dell’Olio

The Russian Revolution Through its Films, Emmanuel Hamon

The Prince and the Dybbuk, Elwira Niewiera

La Voce di Fantozzi, Mario Sesti

This is the War Room!, Boris Hars-Tschachotin


La Lunga Strada del Ritorno, Alessandro Blasetti

Barbiana ’65 La Lezione di Don Milani, Alessandro G. A. D’Alessandro

Lievito Madre, Le Ragazze del Secolo Scorso, Concita de Gregorio, Esmeralda Calabria


Beautiful Things, Giorgio Ferrero

Martyr, Mazen Khaled

Strange Colours, Alena Lodkina

Stay tuned for more out of Venice later on this year!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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