Venice Film Festival announces 2021 line-up

The line-up of the 78th Venice Film Festival has been announced by festival president Roberto Cicutto and artistic director Alberto Barbera. The festival will begin from September 1 to 11 this year.

This year the festivals include some high profile films like Pablo Larrain’s Spencer; Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand Of God; Michel Franco’s Sundown; Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter; Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s Official Competition; Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog; Stephane Brize’s Un Autre Monde and Ana Lily Amirpour’s Mona Lisa And The Blood Moon.

  • With the previously announced Dune (Warner Bros), Paul Schrader’s The Card Counter (Focus), and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel (Disney), Barbera also beat the return of major US projects.
  • This year the festival took a step for gender balance, with five female directors selected in the main competition, down from last year’s eight. 26% of films in the overall line-up are directed by women, down from 28% in 2020.
  • Horizons Extra as a new section was also announced which will be held by a public-facing offshoot of the Horizons sidebar with an audience award.
  • Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers will open the festival in competition.
  • Bong Joon Ho, Chloé Zhao, Cynthia Erivo, and some more will preside over the competition jury.
  • The Giornate degli Autori line-up will be announced at a later date.

Let’s see the full Venice line-up:

Competition

Parallel Mothers (Sp) – Opening Film

Dir. Pedro Almodóvar

La Caja (Mex-US)

Dir. Lorenzo Vigas

Reflection (Ukr)

Dir. Valentyn Vasyanovych

The Hand Of God (It)

Dir. Paolo Sorrentino

The Card Counter (US-UK-China)

Dir. Paul Schrader

Captain Volkonogov Escaped (Rus-Est-Fr)

Dirs. Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov

Leave No Traces (Pol-Fr-Czech)

Dir. Jan P. Matuszynski

On The Job: The Missing 8 (Phil)

Dir. Erik Matti

Oui Rido Io (It-Sp)

Dir. Mario Martone

Freaks Out (It-Bel)

Dir. Gabriele Mainetti

Spencer (Ger)

Dir. Pablo Larraín

The Lost Daughter (Greece-US-UK-Isr)

Dir. Maggie Gyllenhaal

Illusions Perdues (Fr)

Dir. Xavier Giannoli

Sundown (Mex-Fr-Swe)

Dir. Michel Franco

Il Buco (It-Fr)

Dir. Michelangelo Frammartino

Official Competition (Sp-Arg)

Dirs. Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn

L’Événement (Fr)

Dir. Audrey Diwan

America Latina (It-Fr)

Dirs. Damian and Fabio D’Innocenzo

Un Autre Monde (Fr)

Dir. Stephane Brize

The Power Of The Dog (Australia-NZ)

Dir. Jane Campion

Mona Lisa And The Blood Moon (USA)

Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour

Out Of Competition – fiction

Last Night In Soho (UK)

Dir. Edgar Wright

The Last Duel (US-UK)

Dir. Ridley Scott

Old Henry (US)

Dir. Potsy Ponciroli

La Scuola Cattolica (It)

Dir. Stefano Mordini

Halloween Kills (US)

Dir. David Gordon Green

Ariaferma (It-Switz)

Dir. Leonardo Di Constanzo

Les Choses Humaines – (Fr)

Dir. Yvan Attal

Il Bambino Nascosto (It-Fr)

Dir. Roberto Ando

Dune (US-Hun-Jor-UAE-Nor-Can)

Dir. Denis Villeneuve

Out Of Competition – non-fiction

Ezio Bosso, Le Cose Che Restano (It)

Dir. Giorgio Verdelli

Django & Django (It)

Dir. Luca Rea

Deandre#deandre (It)

Dir. Roberta Lena

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song (US)

Dirs. Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine

Republic Of Silence (Ger-Fr-Syria-Qat)

Dir. Diana El Jeiroudi

Viaggio Nel Crepuscolo (It)

Dir. Augusto Contento

Tranchees (Fr)

Dir. Loup Bureau

Life Of Crime 1984-2020 (US)

Dir. Jon Alpert

Out Of Competition – Special Screenings

La Biennale Di Venezia: Il Cinema Al Tempo Del Covid (It)

Dir. Andrea Segre

Le 7 Giornate Di Bergamo (It)

Dir. Simona Ventura

Out Of Competition – series

Scenes From A Marriage (US)

Creator: Hagai Levi 

Horizons

Inu-Oh (Jap-China)

Dir. Yuasa Masaaki

True Things (UK)

Dir. Harry Wootliff

Rhino (Ukr-Pol-Ger) – closing film

Dir. Oleg Sentsov

Once Upon A Time In Calcutta (India-Fr-Nor)

Dir. Aditya Vikram Sengupta

El Gran Movimiento (Bol-Fr-Qat-Switz)

Dir. Kiro Russo

El Otro Tom (Mex-US)

Dirs. Rodrigo Pla, Laura Santullo

Anatomy Of Time (Thai-Fr-Neth-Sing-Ger)

Dir. Jakrawal Nilthamrong

White Building (Camb-Fr-China-Qat)

Dir. Kavich Neang

Vera Dreams Of The Sea (Kosovo-Alb-North Macedonia)

Dir. Kaltrina Krasniqi

107 Mothers (Slovak-Czech-Ukr)

Dir. Peter Kerekes

A Plein Temps (Fr)

Dir. Eric Gravel

Amira (Egy-Jor-UAE-Saudi Arabia)

Dir. Mohamed Diab

El Hoyo En La Cerca (Mex-Pol)

Dir. Joaquin Del Paso

The Falls (Tai)

Dir. Chung Mong-Hong

Il Paradiso Del Pavone (It-Ger)

Dir. Laura Bispuri

Pilgrims (Lithuania)

Dir. Laurynas Bareisa

Atlantide (It-Fr-US-Qat)

Dir. Yuri Ancarani

Miracle (Rom-Czech-Latvia)

Dir. Bogdan George Apetri

Les Promesses (Fr) – Opening film

Dir. Thomas Kruithof

Horizons Extra (new section)

La Macchina Delle Immagini Di Alfredo C. (It)

Dir. Roland Sejko

The Blind Man Who Did Not Want To See Titanic (Fin)

Dir. Teemu Nikki

7 Prisioneiros (Bra)

Dir. Alexandre Moratto

La Ragazza Ha Volato (It-Slovenia)

Dir. Wilma Labate

Ma Nuit (Fr-Bel)

Dir. Antoinette Boulat

Mama, I’m Home (Rus)

Dir. Vladimir Bitokov

Costa Brava (Leb-Fr-Sp-Swe-Den-Nor-Qat)

Dir. Mounia Akl

Land Of Dreams (US-Ger-Qat)

Dir. Shirin Neshat, Soja Azari