Cannibals, a comedy and a cinematic icon in the spotlight of Venice

ROME, July 26 (Reuters) – A Marilyn Monroe drama, a cannibalistic road movie and a dark comedy about family life are among the stories screened at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

The world’s oldest film festival, considered a launching pad for Oscar contenders as awards season approaches, runs from August 31 to September 10 and features dozens of highly anticipated films in and out of competition. competition.

Among the stars expected on the red carpet will be Timothée Chalamet, Sadie Sink, Adam Driver, Olivia Wilde, Harry Styles, Penelope Cruz, Ana de Armas, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, Christoph Waltz and Sigourney Weaver.

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International arthouse directors will share the stage with established Hollywood personalities, as images from Darren Aronofsky, Andrew Dominik, Alejandro Inarritu, Luca Guadagnino, Joanna Hogg, Koji Fukada and Jafar Panahi make their first release.

Four originals from TV streaming giant Netflix line up in the 23-track competition section, including Dominik’s “Blonde,” which stars de Armas in a fictionalized version of the tragic life of American actress Monroe.

For the first time, Netflix has the honor of opening the festival with Noah Baumbach’s “White Noise” starring Driver and Greta Gerwig – a satirical chronicle of family life based on a novel of the same name by Don DeLillo.

One of the most anticipated films will likely be ‘Bones and All’ starring Chalamet alongside rising star Taylor Russell as poor cannibal lovers in an image directed by Italian Luca Guadagnino.

“It analyzes the poorest and most marginalized in America, the failure of the American dream,” festival artistic director Alberto Barbera said Tuesday.

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Aronofsky’s “The Whale” tells the story of an overweight man, played by Brendan Fraser, trying to reconnect with his teenage daughter, played by “Stranger Things” actor Sink.

Festival regular Cate Blanchett, who chaired the jury in 2020, returns with a hope of competition with the film “TÁR”, directed by Todd Field – a fictional tale about a famous composer and conductor, who leads a large German orchestra.

This year’s main jury is led by Julianne Moore.

‘TÁR’ is one of nine American films in competition, including five French, four Italian and two Iranian – including ‘No Bears’ by Panahi, who was sentenced last week to serve a six-year prison sentence in Iran . after being found guilty of propaganda against the Islamic Republic in 2010. read more

Venice often offers a first glimpse of future Oscar winners such as 2015’s ‘Birdman’. Its director, Inarritu, returns to the city’s Lido island with his latest film – ‘Bardo’, a Spanish-language Netflix comedy set in Mexico.

Similarly, Martin McDonagh created “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” in Venice in 2017, which won numerous awards. Its sequel ‘The Banshees Of Inisherin’, set in Ireland and starring Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell, will premiere at the Lido.

As always, some of the out-of-competition movies will get as much attention as those claiming the Golden Lion prize.

These include the psychological thriller “Don’t Worry Darling,” directed by Wilde and starring Florence Pugh and Styles, “Dead For a Dollar,” a Walter Hill western starring Waltz, and a documentary “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” by Yevgeny Afineevsky.

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Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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