The 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival presents its program with Iñárritu, Aronofsky and Baumbach

The 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival presents its program with Iñárritu, Aronofsky and Baumbach

The Venice International Film Festival announced this morning the program for the 79th edition. The press conference, held at the Library of the Historical Archive of the Biennale of Contemporary Art in the city, was presented by Roberto Cicutto, President of La Biennale di Venezia, and Alberto Barbera, Artistic Director of the Film Department that oversees the festival of the Lido.

An edition that will be marked by the presence of big names in Hollywood, highly anticipated films that we will see in the Oscars race, and by the paltry Spanish participation with only one title in the Horizons section.

Among the films that will be in the official competition section is White Noise, the film by Noah Baumbach starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, which will open the competition on August 31.

Alongside Baumbach's film, titles with high expectations will compete for the coveted Golden Lion, such as Blonde, the Marilyn Monroe biopic directed by Andrew Dominik, Darren Aronofsky's drama The Whale, which adapts Samuel D. Hunter's work, the thriller psychological Don't Worry Darling by Olivia Wilde with Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and Chris Pine, TÁR by Todd Field with Cate Blanchett, Athena by Romain Gavras or Bones And All by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino.

In the out-of-competition fiction section, you can see Olivia Wilde's psychological thriller Don't Worry Darling, starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and Chris Pine. The latest works by Paul Schrader (Master Gardener), Lav Diaz (When The Waves Are Gone), Kim Ki-duk (Call Of God) or Ti West (Pearl) will also be screened. Oliver Stone will attend Venice to present Nuclear in the non-fiction section out of competition.

Spanish cinema will have a testimonial presence at the 79th edition of the Venice International Film Festival through the Orizzonti section with On the Margin by Juan Diego Botto, who is making his directorial debut. Penélope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Aixa Villagrán, Adelfa Calvo, Font García, Nur Levi and Christian Checa star in this film that deals with a crucial day in the lives of three characters, who have to face a great challenge that expires after 24 hours. The countdown to the metaphorical “bomb” that will mark the lives of these characters explodes determines the rhythm of the film.

Julianne Moore will be in charge of this year's jury, in an edition in which special Golden Lions will be awarded for her career to Catherine Deneuve and Paul Schrader.

The Venice International Film Festival, which celebrates its 90th anniversary, will take place from August 31 to September 10 at the Lido.

official competition

'White Noise', Noah Baumbach (USA) – Opening film

'Il Signore Delle Formiche', Gianni Amelio (Italy)

'The Whale', Darren Aronofsky (USA)

'L’Immensità,' Emanuele Crialese (Italy)

'Saint Omer', Alice Diop (France

'Blonde', Andrew Dominik (USA)

'TÁR', Todd Field (UK)

'Love Life', Koji Fukada (Japan, France)

'Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths', Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Mexico)

'Athena', Romain Gavras (France)

'Bones and All', Luca Guadagnino (USA)

'The Eternal Daughter', Joanna Hogg (UK)

'Beyond The Wall', Vahid Jalilvand (Iran)

'The Banshees of Inisherin', Martin McDonagh (UK, USA)

'Argentina, 1985', Santiago Miter (Argentina, USA)

'Chiara', Susanna Nicchiarelli (Italy)

'Monica', Andrea Pallaoro (Italy)

'No Bears', Jafar Panahi (Iran)

'All The Beauty and The Bloodshed', Laura Poitras (USA)

'A Couple', Frederick Wiseman (USA)

'The Son', Florian Zeller (UK)

'Our Ties', Roschdy Zem (France)

'Other People's Children', Rebecca Zlotowski (France)

Ana de Armas is Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde', the peculiar biopic that Netflix will release in the fall after passing through Venice.

Ana de Armas is Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde', the peculiar biopic that Netflix will release in the fall after passing through Venice. Netflix

Out of Competition - Fiction

'The Hanging Sun', Francesco Carrozzini (Italy) – Closing film

'When The Waves Are Gone', Lav Diaz (Philippines, France, Portugal, Denmark)

'Living', Oliver Hermanus (UK)

'Dead For a Dollar', Walter Hill (USA)

'Call Of God', Kim Ki-duk (Estonia, USA, Latvia)

'Dreamin' Wild, Bill Pohlad (USA)

'Master Gardener', Paul Schrader (USA)

'Siccitá', Paolo Virzì (Italy)

'Pearl', Ti West (USA)

'Don't Worry Darling', Olivia Wilde (USA)

Out of Competition - Nonfiction

'Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom', Evgeny Afineevsky (Ukraine, United Kingdom, (USA)

'The Matchmaker', Benedetta Argentieri (Italy)

'Gli Ultimi Giorni Dell'Umanità', Enrico Ghezzi, Alessandro Gagliardo (Italy)

'A Compassionate Spy', Steve James (USA)

'Music For Black Pigeons', Jørgen Leth, Andreas Koefoed (Denmark)

'The kyiv Trial', Sergei Loznitsa (Netherlands, Ukraine)

'In Viaggio', Gianfranco Rosi (Italy)