The 2020 edition of the prestigious Venice Film Festival has been announced by the organisers.
Daniele Luchetti’s film Lacci has been chosen to open up the festival, a move which makes the picture the first Italian film to open the Venice Film Festival in 11 years.
While most major film events have been cancelled due to the current health crisis, the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival will go ahead and take place between September 2-12. Organisers confirmed that the event will be split into three sections with the main competition (Venezia 77), the Out of Competition category, and Horizons.
“Recently, we have all feared that cinema might become extinct,” Luchetti said in a statement issued to Deadline. “Yet during the quarantine it gave us comfort, like a light gleaming in a cavern. Today we have understood something else: that films, television series, novels, are indispensable in our lives. Long live festivals, then, which allow us to come together to celebrate the true meaning of our work.
“If anyone thought it served no purpose, they now know it is important to everyone. With Lacci I am honoured to open the dances of the first great festival in unexpected times.”
Venice chief Alberto Barbera added: “It’s been eleven years since the Venice International Film Festival was opened by an Italian film. This happy opportunity was offered by the wonderful film directed by Daniele Luchetti, an anatomy of a married couple’s problematic coexistence, as they struggle with infidelity, emotional blackmail, suffering and guilt, with an added mystery that is not revealed until the end. Supported by an outstanding cast, the film is also a sign of the promising phase in Italian cinema today, continuing the positive trend seen in recent years, which the quality of the films invited to Venice this year will surely confirm.”
See the full list of films to be featured, below.
Venice Film Festival 2020 line-up:
Opening Night Lacci, Daniele Luchetti (Out of Competition)
Competition/Venezia 77 In Between Dying, Hilal Baydarov Le Sorelle Macaluso, Emma Dante The World to Come, Mona Fastvold Nuevo Orden, Michel Franco Lovers, Nicole Garcia Laila In Haifa, Amos Gitai Dear Comrades, Andrei Konchalovsky Wife of a Spy, Kiyoshi Kurosawa Sun Children, Majid Majidi Pieces of a Woman, Kornel Mundruczo Miss Marx, Susanna Nicchiarelli Padrenostro, Claudio Noce Notturno, Gianfranco Rosi Never Gonna Snow Again, Malgorzata Szumowska The Disciple, Chaitanya Tamhane And Tomorrow the Entire World, Julia Von Heinz Quo Vadis, Aida? Jasmila Zbanic Nomadland, Chloe Zhao
Out of Competition (Fiction) Lasciami Andare, Stefano Mordini Mandibules, Quentin Dupieux Love After Love, Ann Hui Assandira, Salvatore Mereu The Duke, Robert Michell Night in Paradise, Park Hoon-Jung Mosquito State, Filip Jan Rymsza
Out of Competition (Non Fiction) Sportin’ Life, Abel Ferrara Crazy, Not Insane, Alex Gibney Greta, Nathan Grossman Salvatore – Shoemaker of Dreams, Luca Guadagnino Final Account, Luke Holland La Verite Su La Dolce Vita, Giussepe Pedersoli Molecole, Andrea Segre Narciso Em Ferias, Renato Terra and Ricardo Calil Paolo Conte, Via Con Me, Giorgio Verdelli Hopper/Welles, Orson Welles City Hall, Frederick Wiseman
Out of Competition (Special Screenings) Princess Europe, Camille Lotteau 30 Monedas (Episode One), Alex De La Iglesia Omelia Contadina, Alica Rohrwacher and JR
Horizons Apples, Christos Nikou La Troisieme Guerre, Giovanni Aloi Milestone, Ivan Ayr The Wasteland, Ahmad Bahrami The Man Who Sold His Skin, Kaouther Ben Hania I Predatori, Pietro Castellitto Mainstream, Gia Coppola Genus Pan, Lav Diaz Zanka Contact, Ismael El Iraki Guerre E Pace, Martina Parenti and Massimo D’Anolfi La Nuit Des Rois, Philippe Lacote The Furnace, Roderick Mackay Careless Crime, Shahram Mokri Gaza Mon Amour, Tarzan Nasser and Arab Nasser Selva Tragica, Yulene Olaizola Nowhere Special, Uberto Pasolini Listen, Ana Rocha De Sousa The Best Is Yet to Come, Wang Jing Yellow Cat, Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Venice Days line-up Honey Cigar, Kamir Aïnouz The Stonebreaker, Gianluca and Massimiliano Serio Mama, Li Dongmei Residue, Merawi Gerima Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time, Lili Horvat Oasis, Ivan Ilkic My Tender Matador, Rodrigo Sepulveda Conference, Ivan I. Tverdovskij The Whaler Boy, Philipp Yuryev 200 Meters, Ameen Nayfeh Saint-Narcisse, Bruce LaBruce Nightwalk, Malgorzata Skumowksa (Short Film) In My Room, Mati Diop (Short Film)