Venice Film Festival 2019 Lineup: Polanski, ‘Joker’, ‘The Laundromat’, ‘Ad Astra’, ‘Marriage Story’ In Competition – Full List

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Venice Film Festival's 2019 Competition Lineup Venice Film Festival

UPDATE: Much of the Venice Film Festival’s 2019 competition field, which was announced this morning in Rome, lines up as expected with Warner Bros/DC origns story Joker; Fox/Disney’s Brad Pitt space drama Ad Astra; Steven Soderbergh’s starry Netflix dark comedy, The Laundromat; and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story from Netflix making the cut to begin potential awards-season runs.

Kristen Stewart drama Seberg (formerly Against All Enemies) is also an official selection entry, though in something of a surprise is taking an out-of-competition slot. Other intriguing titles include Haifaa Al-Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate (she is one of just two female filmmakers in the competition); Olivier Assayas’ Wasp Network, a thriller with Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez; and Pablo Larrain’s Ema.

Fest chief Alberto Barbera is already facing criticism from European Cinema groups over the inclusion of three Netflix titles. He’s also likely to stir further debate over the light showing for female filmmakers; and the choice of An Officer And A Spy (J’Accuse), the latest film by Roman Polanski, a highly controversial figure in the #MeToo era.

We’ll be back with a deeper analysis of the titles announced this morning. See the full list across all sections below the original post.

PREVIOUS, 1:45AM PT: The Venice Film Festival is unveiling its lineup for the 76th edition of the event this morning in Rome. The world’s oldest film festival has in recent years cemented its status as the go-to fall launchpad for awards hopefuls, including hosting three of the last five Best Picture Oscar winners. Fest chief Alberto Barbera will run down the roster in the next hour, so check back for updates as we post the titles live below.

Speculation has been swirling for several weeks and with the bulk of the Toronto lineup revealed, films now strongly tipped to make their world premieres on the Lido include such big-ticket titles as Warner Bros/DC’s Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix; Fox/Disney’s space drama Ad Astra with Brad Pitt; Kristen Stewart-starrer Seberg (formerly known as Against All Enemies) from Amazon; Steven Soderbergh’s politically charged dark comedy The Laundromat with Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman; and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. The latter two films are from Netflix which is expected to have a strong presence. Last year’s Golden Lion winner, Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma — also a Netflix title — kicked off its awards season run on the Lido.

Zama helmer Lucrecia Martel is President of the jury, and folks will be keen to see if the gender imbalance in films from female directors is in any way corrected this year. The fest runs from August 28-September 7, bookended by opener The Truth from Hirokazu Kore-eda and closer Giuseppe Capotondi’s The Burnt Orange Heresy. See below for the official selection of films as they are announced today.

The Truth, dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda
The Perfect Candidate, Haifaa Al Mansour
About Endlessness, dir: Roy Andersson
Wasp Network, dir: Olivier Assayas
Marriage Story, dir: Noah Baumbach
Guest Of Honor, dir: Atom Egoyan
Ad Astra, dir: James Gray
A Herdade, dir: Tiago Guedes
Gloria Mundi, dir: Robert Guediguian
Waiting For The Barbarians, dir: Ciro Guerra
Ema, dir: Pablo Larrain
Saturday Fiction, dir: Lou Ye
Martin Eden, dir: Pietro Marcello
La Mafia Non E Piu Quella Di Una Volta, dir: Franco Maresco
The Painted Bird, dir: Vaclav Marhoul
The Mayor Of Rione Sanita, dir: Mario Martone
Babyteeth, dir: Shannon Murphy
Joker, dir: Todd Phillips
J’Accuse, dir: Roman Polanski
The Laundromat, dir: Steven Soderbergh
No. 7 Cherry Lane, dir: Yonfan

Seberg, dir: Benedict Andrews
Vivere, dir: Francesco Archibugi
The Burnt Orange Heresy, dir: Giuseppe Capotondi
The King, dir: David Michod
Adults In The Room, dir: Costa Gavras
Mosul, dir: Matthew Michael Carnahan
Tutto Il Mio Folle Amore, dir: Gabriele Salvatores

No One Left Behind, dir: Guillermo Arriaga
Electric Swan, dir: Konstantina Kotzamani
Irreversible – Integral Verson, dir: Gaspar Noe
ZeroZeroZero, dir: Stefano Sollima
The New Pope, dir: Paolo Sorrentino
Never Just A Dream: Stanley Kubrick And Eyes Wide Shut, dir: Matt Wells
Eyes Wide Shut, dir: Stanley Kubrick

Woman, dirs.: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Anastasia Mikova
Roger Waters Us + Them, dir: Sean Evans, Roger Waters
I Diari Di Angela – Noi Due Cineaste. Capitolo Secondo, dirs: Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi
Citizen K, dir: Alex Gibney
Citizen Rosi, dirs: Didi Gnocchi, Carolina Rosi
The Kingmaker, dir: Lauren Greenfield
State Funeral, dir: Sergei Loznitsa
Collective, dir: Alexander Nanau
45 Seconds Of Laughter, dir: Tim Robbins
Il Pianeta In Mare, dir: Andrea Segre

Zumiriki, dir: Osker Alegria
Blanco En Blanco, dir: Theo Court
Mes Jours De Gloire, dir: Antoine De Bary
Pelican Blood, dir: Katrin Gebbe
Un Fils, dir: Mehdi M Barsaoui
Nevia, dir: Nunzia De Stefano
Moffie, dir: Oliver Hermanus
Hava, Maryam, Ayesha, dir: Sahraa Karimi
Rialto, dir: Peter Mackie Burns
The Criminal Man, dir: Dmitry Mamuliya
Revenir, dir: Jessica Palud
Giants Being Lonely, dir: Grear Patterson
Verdict, dir: Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
Balloon, dir: Pema Tseden
Just 6.5, dir: Saeed Roustaee
Shadow Of Water, dir: Sanal Kumar
Sole, dir: Carlo Sironi
Atlantis, dir: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Madre, dir: Rodrigo Sorogoyen

Goodbye Dragon Inn, dir: Tsai Ming-Liang

Effeto Domino, dir: Alessandro Rossetto
Once More Unto The Breach, dirs: Federico Ferrone, Michele Manzolini
The Scarecrows, dir: Nouri Bouzid
Chiara Ferragni – Unposted, dir: Elisa Amoruso

The Incredible Shrinking Man, dir: Jack Arnold
The Grim Reaper, dir: Bernardo Bertolucci
The Spider’s Strategem, dir: Bernardo Bertolucci
The Criminal Life Of Archibaldo De La Cruz, dir: Luis Bunuel
The Crossing Of The Rhine, dir: André Cayette
Maria Zef, dir Vittorio Cottafavi
Crash, dir: David Cronenberg
Francisca, dir: Manoeul De Oliveira
The House Is Black, dir: Forough Farrokhzad
The White Sheik, dir: Federico Fellini
Current, dir: Istvan Gaal
The Hills Of Marlik, dir: Ebrahim Golestan
Death Of A Bureaucrat, dir: Tomas Gutierrez Alea
Out Of The Blue, dir: Dennis Hopper
Ecstasy, dir: Gustav Machaty
Mauri, dir: Merata Mita
Pigeon Shoot, dir: Giuliano Montaldo
New York, New York, dir: Martin Scorsese
The Red Snowball Tree, dir: Vasiliy Shukshin
Way Of A Gaucho, dir: Jacques Tourneur

VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY (In competition – Interactive)
These Sleepless Nights, dir: Gabo Arora
Loveseat, dir: Kiira Benzing
Glimpse (Preview), dirs: Benjamin Cleary, Michael O’Connor
Porton Down, dir: Callum Cooper
Bodyless, dir: Hsin-Chien Huang
Pagan Peak VR, dirs: Ioulia Isserlis, Max Sacker
A Life In Flowers, dir: Armando Kirwin
The Line, dir: Ricardo Laganaro
Inori, dir: Miwa Komatsu
Cosmos Within Us, dir: Tupac Martir
Doctor Who The Edge Of Time, dir: Marcus Moresby
Britannia VR: Out Of Your Mind, dir: Kim-Leigh Pontin
Downloaded, dir: Ollie Rankin
The Key, dir: Celine Tricart

VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY (In competition – Linear)
Battle Hymn, dir: Yair Agmon
Battlescar – Punk Was Invented By Girls, dirs: Martin Allais, Nico Casavecchia
Daughters Of Chibok, dir: Joel Benson
Only the Mountain Remains (5×1 Project), dir: Chiang Wei Liang
Ghost In The Shell: Ghost Chaser, dir: Hirokai Higashi
Passenger, dirs: Isobel Knowles, Van Sowerwine
The Waiting Room VR, dir: Victoria Mappleback
Black Bag, dir: Qing Shao
VR Free, dir: Milad Tangshir
Gloomy Eyes, dirs: Tereso Jorge, Fernando Maldonado
O [5×1 Project], dir: Qiu Yang
Ex Anima Experience, dirs: Pierre Zandrowicz, Bartabas

The End Of Love, dir: Keren Ben Rafael
Lessons Of Love, dir: Chiara Campara
This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection, dir: Jeremiah Lemonhang Mosese

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