Lifestyle - August 21, 2023

Everything is ready for the 80th Venice Film Festival: news and previews.


The glamour and magic of cinema are gearing up to arrive in the marvelous lagoon city as the 80th International Venice Film Festival approaches, a globally renowned event that celebrates the world of international cinema in all its forms.

Organized by the prestigious Venice Biennale and under the direction of Alberto Barbera, the festival will take place from August 30th to September 9th, 2023, on the picturesque Lido of Venice.

Officially recognized by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations), the 80th Venice Festival aims to promote international cinema, treating it as both an art form and a true industry. The festival will not only showcase contemporary works but also pay homage to the past and its prominent figures, contributing to a better understanding of the history of cinema.

This event boasts a high-level competition with 23 new films competing, featuring world-renowned directors such as David Fincher, Sofia Coppola, Ava DuVernay, Yorgos Lanthimos, Bradley Cooper, and Ryusuke Hamaguchi. The selection was unveiled by the festival president, Roberto Cicutto, and artistic director Alberto Barbera. However, due to a strike by industry guilds (SAG-AFTRA) in the United States, Barbera replaced Luca Guadagnino’s “Challengers” as the opening film with “Comandante” by Edoardo De Angelis. Meanwhile, the closing film will be “Society Of The Snow,” a Spanish-language film distributed by Netflix and directed by JA Bayona.

The competition will feature prominent directors such as Matteo Garrone, Michael Mann, Pablo Larrain, Stephane Brize, and Lucy Besson. Names like Roman Polanski and Woody Allen have been selected for out-of-competition screenings.

The competition jury will be presided over by the talented Damien Chazelle and will include luminaries such as Jane Campion, Mia Hansen-Løve, Laura Poitras, Martin McDonagh, Saleh Bakri, Gabriele Mainetti, Santiago Mitre, and Shu Qi.

Before announcing all the films in competition, the 80th Venice Film Festival seems poised to deliver an unforgettable experience for all cinema lovers (and non-lovers), reaffirming itself once again as one of the most important cultural events on the international stage.



Film in competition


Comandante (film d’apertura) (It) di Edoardo De Angelis

The Promised Land (Den-Ger-Sw), di Nikolaj Arcel

Dogman (Fr), di Luc Besson

La Bete (Fr-Ger), di Bertrand Bonello

Hors-Saison (Fr), di Stephane Brize

Enea (It), di Pietro Castellitto

Maestro (US), di Bradley Cooper

Priscilla (US-It) di Sofia Coppola

Finally Dawn (It), di Saverio Costanzo

Lubo (It-Switz), di Giorgio Diritti

Origin (US), di Ava DuVernay

The Killer (US), di David Fincher

Memory (Mex-US), di Michel Franco

Io Capitano (It-Bel), di Matteo Garrone

Evil Does Not Exist (Jap), di Ryusuke Hamaguchi

The Green Border (Czech-Pol-Bel), di Agnieszka Holland

Die Theorie Von Allem (Ger-Austria-Switz), di Timm Kroger

Poor Things (UK-Ire-US), di Yorgos Lanthimos

El Conde (Chile), di Pablo Larrain

Ferrari (US), di Michael Mann

Adagio (It), di Stefano Sollima

Woman Of (Pol-Swe), di Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert

Holly (Bel-Neth-Lux-Fr), di Fien Troch


Non in competition (fiction)


Society Of The Snow (closing film) (Sp-Uru-Chil), di JA Bayona

Coup De Chance (Fr-UK), di Woody Allen

The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar (US), di Wes Anderson

The Penitent (It), di Luca Barbareschi

L’Ordine Del Tempo (It-Bel), di Liliana Cavani

Vivants (Fr-Bel), di Alix Delaporte

Welcome To Paradise (Fr), di Leonardo Di Costanzo

Daaaaaali! (Fr), di Quentin Dupieux

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (US), di William Friedkin

Making Of (Fr), di Cedric Kahn

Aggro Dr1ft (US), di Harmony Korine

Hit Man (US), di Richard Linklater

The Palace (It-Switz-Pol-Fr), di Roman Polanski

Snow Leopard (China), di Pema Tseden


Non in competition (non-fiction)


Amor (It-Lith), di Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri

Frente A Guernica (Versione Integrale) (It), di Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi

Hollywoodgate (US), di Ibhraim Nash’at

Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus (Jap), di Neo Sora

Enzo Jannacci Vengo Anch’io (It), di Giorgio Verdelli

Menus Plaisirs – Les Troisgros (US), di Frederick Wiseman


Non in competition (serie)


D’Argent Et De Sang (Bos & Her), di Xaviere Giannoli, Frederic Planchon

I Know Your Soul (Eps 1-2) (Fr-Bel), cre. Jasmila Zbanic, Damir Ibrahimovic; di Alen Drljevic, Nermin Hamzagic

Special Screenings


La Parte Del Leone: Una Storia Della Mostra, di Baptiste Etchegaray, Giuseppe Bucchi




A Cielo Abierto, di Mariana Arriaga, Santiago Arriaga

El Paraiso, di Enrico Maria Artale

Behind The Mountains, di Mohamed Ben Attia

The Red Suitcase, di Fidel Devkota

Tatami, di Guy Nattiv, Zar Amir Ebrahimi

Paradise Is Burning, di Mika Gustafson

The Featherweight, di Robert Kolodny

Invelle, di Simone Massi

Hesitation Wound, di Selman Nacar

Heartless, di Nara Normande, Tiao

Una Sterminata Domenica, di Alain Parroni

City Of Wind, di Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir

Explanation For Everything, di Gabor Reisz

Gasoline Rainbow, di Bill Ross, Turner Ross

En Attendant La Nuit, di Celine Rouzet

Housekeeping For Beginners, di Goran Stolevski

Shadow Of Fire, di Shinya Tsukamoto

Dormitory, di Nehir Tuna


‘Orizzonti  Extra’


Bota Jone, di Luana Bajrami

Forever Forever, di Anna Buryachkova

The Rescue, di  Daniela Goggi

In The Land Of Saints And Sinners, di Robert Lorenz

Day Of The Fight, di Jack Huston

Felicità, di Micaela Ramazzotti

Pet Shop Boys, di Olmo Schnabel

Stolen, di Karan Tejpal

L’Homme D’Argile, di Anais Tellenne.


Images by Getty Images

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