The Lido awaits the names of this year’s stars and directors
by Camillo De Marco
- With just one week to go until the line-up unveiling, rumours are circulating on the likely Lido guests, namely Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, James Gray, Mario Martone, Ulrich Seidl and Roy Andersson
Ahead of the press conference set to be delivered by festival director Alberto Barbera on 25 July, the only thing we know for sure about the 76th Venice Film Festival is that the Golden Lion for Career Achievement will go to both Pedro Almodovar, who recently competed in the Cannes Film Festival with Pain & Glory [+see also:
interview: Antonio Banderas
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile], and the great British actress and director Julie Andrews. There are, however, a number of rumours doing the rounds as regards the films which might be in the running for the awards that will be handed out by an international jury, presided over by the Argentine director Lucrecia Martel, or those which might grace the festival’s parallel sections. As always, the Lido-based event, which will be opened by its “godmother” Alessandra Mastronardi on the evening of Wednesday 28 August, may have a few surprises up its sleeve, in true Alberto Barbera style. Featuring amongst the most anticipated names are, unsurprisingly, Martin Scorsese, with his Netflix film The Irishman - although apparently it might not be ready in time - and Woody Allen with A Rainy Day in New York, which had been at a standstill for some time following the resurfacing of allegations against the director in the US. And then there’s An Officer and a Spy, the new film by Roman Polanski on the Dreyfus Affair (read the news), and James Gray’s Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt.
The great Italian masters, such as Nanni Moretti and Gianni Amelio, are all hard at work on their films at the moment, and the only confirmed name among them is Mario Martone (who has already competed in Venice five times) with The Mayor of Rione Sanità [+see also:
film profile]. And while Giorgio Diritti might be in with Volevo nascondermi (news), Pietro Marcello’s much anticipated Martin Eden [+see also:
film profile] is almost a given, as are certain works in unofficial sections such as Le Giornate degli Autori, namely Mio fratello rincorre i dinosauri by Stefano Cipani (news) and 5 Is The Perfect Number [+see also:
film profile], which Igort adapted from his own graphic novel. Carlo Sironi’s first work Sole [+see also:
film profile], meanwhile, a co-production with Poland (news), stands a good chance at being selected for the Horizons section. In terms of TV series, the new season of The Young Pope – The New Pope by Paolo Sorrentino might make an appearance on the Lido, as might Zero Zero Zero by Stefano Sollima, based upon Roberto Saviano’s homonymous novel.
Getting back to the international titles, Netflix might be travelling to Venice with Noah Baumbach’s new and as yet unnamed film featuring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver; The Pope by Fernando Meirelles, starring Jonathan Pryce in the role of Bergoglio and Anthony Hopkins as Ratzinger; The King by David Michôd and; The Laundromat by Steven Soderbergh, starring Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman and revolving around the leak of the Panama Papers. Another possible and welcome film would be Ema by Pablo Larraín, starring Gael García Bernal. The Festival would also happily open its arms to The Truth, the first film Hirokazu Kore-eda has shot outside of Japan (starring Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke - news), Anthony Chen and A Wet Season, and - steering the topic back to the Old Continent - the two Belgians Jessica Woodworth & Peter Brosens with The Barefoot Emperor (news), Austria’s Ulrich Seidl with Wicked Games and Golden Lion winner Roy Andersson with About Endlessness. Hailing from France, meanwhile, aside from the titles mentioned in our previous article (Gloria Mundi by Robert Guédiguian is in pole position), Jessica Palud’s Back Home should make it to the Horizons section, while the names of Dominik Moll with Seules les bêtes and Fabienne Berthaud with A Bigger World [+see also:
film profile] are also being thrown into the hat.
Now considered by the Americans to be an effective springboard towards the Oscars, Venice might also host the screening of Jojo Rabbit by Taika Waititi, also starring Scarlett Johansson, The Woman in the Window by Joe Wright, starring Amy Adams, Gemini Man by the two-time Golden Lion champion Ang Lee, whose cast is led by Will Smith, Doctor Sleep by Mike Flanagan, originally written by Stephen King and now starring Ewan McGregor, Lucy in the Sky by Fargo screenwriter Noah Hawley and starring Natalie Portman, and Knives Out by Rian Johnson. There’s also space for independent US films such as Wendy by Miranda July and Against All Enemies by Benedict Andrews, with Kristen Stewart leading the cast and telling the life story of Jean Seberg. Last but not least, there’s speculation over the US blockbusters Joker by Todd Phillips, starring Joaquin Phoenix, and the fifth chapter in the action thriller saga Rambo: Last Blood by Adrian Grunberg.
(Translated from Italian)
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