Al Pacino, Ethan Hawke and Laika's 'Boxtrolls' are heading for Venice
Films by David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol and Abel Ferrara will bring world premieres to the Lido di Venezia this year, as the Venice Film Festival has announced its selections for the 71st edition of the oldest such event in the world.
Green's "Manglehorn" with Al Pacino, Niccol's "Good Kill" with Ethan Hawke and Ferrara's "Pasolini" with Willem Dafoe promise to bring a fair share of star power to the event, while actors such as Viggo Mortensen, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver feature in films sprinkled throughout the Competition. "The Act of Killing" director Joshua Oppenheimer will also continue his look at the Indonesian genocide with a new documentary, "The Look of Silence."
Playing out of competition are films by Barry Levinson ("The Humbling," also starring Pacino), James Franco ("The Sound and the Fury") and Lisa Cholodenko ("Olive Kitteridge"), while Focus Features will bring the new Laika film, "The Boxtrolls," for a world premiere.
Previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, will open the festival on Aug. 27, while Ann Hui's "Golden Era" will close things out on Sept. 6.
On Wednesday, the festival announced the lineup of the its independently run Venice Days, a sidebar similar to Cannes' Directors' Fortnight. Films set to play in that section include Kim Ki-duk's "One on One," Shawn Christensen's "Before I Disappear" and Laurent Cantet's "Return to Ithaca." All in all 14 films will play in the program, 12 of them in competition — it is, in fact, the first year Venice Days has featured a competitive element.
Additionally, films in the Venice Days section will compete with other competition titles in the Venice Film Festival for prizes like the Lion of the Future (for best debut film), the Europa Cinemas Label Prize for best European film and the FEDORA Prize (European and Mediterranean film critics' federation) for best film and best young director.
Venice Days will also continue its Women's Tales program, centered on female creativity with two short film presentations and a quartet of Q&As with leading women artists. And the sidebar's partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival will continue, bringing a US film showcased at the New York fest for an international premiere (Keith Miller's "Five Star" getting the designation this year).
Also previously announced, film editor Thelma Schoonmaker and documentary filmmaking legend Frederick Wiseman will receive Golden Lions from the fest for Lifetime Achievement.
Check out the full festival lineup on the next page.
The 71st annual Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 27 - Sept. 6.