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79th Venice International Film Festival unveils complete lineup
Published: Jul 28, 2022 07:58 PM
The complete lineup of the Venice International Film Festival 2022 was unveiled at a press conference on Tuesday, with 73 new feature films in the Official Selection. Of these, 23 will compete for the Golden Lion.

The 79th edition of the international event, which runs from August 31 to September 10 on the Venice Lido - will open with Netflix's White Noise by US filmmaker Noah Baumbach. The movie is based on Don DeLillo's 1985 novel of the same name.

The festival's artistic director Alberto Barbera told media on Monday evening it would be "a great honor" to open with this film.

"Baumbach has made an original, ambitious and compelling piece of art, which plays with measure on multiple registers: dramatic, ironic, satirical," Barbera said.

"The result is a film that analyses our obsessions, doubts and fears as they were in the 1980s, yet with very clear references to contemporary reality."

For Baumbach, it will mark a return to Venice three years after the premiere of his film Marriage Story, which earned six nominations at the 2020 Academy Awards, and an Oscar for Laura Dern as best supporting actress.

The festival is scheduled to close on September 10 with the out-of-competition Sky Original film The Hanging Sun by Francesco Carrozzini, a thriller adapted from a noir novel by Jo Nesbo and set in a Norwegian summer "where the sun never sets."

The 23 films competing for Venice's highest prize, the Golden Lion, include The Lord of the Ants by Italian director Gianni Amelio. 

Also in the running is The Immensity by Emanuele Crialese, starring actress Penelope Cruz.

The festival's lineup also includes US filmmaker Darren Aronofsky's drama The Whale, Beyond the Wall by Iranian director Vahid Jalilvand, The Son by French director Florian Zeller, Bones and All by Italian director Luca Guadagnino, the comedy Bardo by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Inarritu and The Banshees of Inisherin by Irish director Martin McDonagh.

Some 19 movies and documentaries, two television series and four short films will screen out of competition. 

A further 30 works (including short films) will compete in the Horizons category, Venice's international section devoted to new cinema trends.

Barbera said that the public will enjoy a program that is "more varied than usual," with established filmmakers featured alongside emerging directors and talented newcomers striving for international recognition.

"What prevails is the feeling that cinema still wants to try to explore ways of thinking, big themes and big questions, the deep relationships tying people to one another... and [it still has] the ability to push one's gaze beyond the horizon of the present," Barbera added.