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Venice Film Festival reveals the 2021 line-up


The 2021 edition of the Venice Film Festival has unveiled its official line-up with the likes of Pedro Almodovar, Paul Schrader, Edgar Wright, Ridley Scott and more all featuring.

The programme for the 78th Venice Film Festival, which is due to take place between September 1-11, was announced from Rome by festival president Roberto Cicutto and artistic director Alberto Barbera.

“We were surprised by the average quality [of film submissions] this year,” Barbera said during the announcement. “As if the [COVID-19] pandemic had inspired creativity. So in this way, I can be optimistic about the state of cinema.”

The hotly-anticipated event welcomes back some of the biggest names in Hollywood and, with it, a selection of major blockbusters with the likes of DuneLast Night in SohoThe Last DuelHalloween Kills just a short selection of those involved.

Cicutto added: “We are ready, we hope for the whole world, for Italy and for Venice in particular, we hope that infections will slow down so that we can open up more theatres but we will, of course, obey the rules.”

See the full line-up, below.

The 2021 Venice Film Festival line-up:


La Caja
Dir. Lorenzo Vigas

Dir. Valentyn Vasyanovych

The Hand Of God
Dir. Paolo Sorrentino 

The Card Counter
Dir. Paul Schrader

Captain Volkonogov Escaped
Dirs. Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov

Leave No Traces
Dir. Jan P. Matuszynski

On The Job: The Missing 8
Dir. Erik Matti

Oui Rido Io
Dir. Mario Martone

Freaks Out
Dir. Gabriele Mainetti

Dir. Pablo Larraín

The Lost Daughter
Dir. Maggie Gyllenhaal

Illusions Perdues
Dir. Xavier Giannoli

Dir. Michel Franco

Il Buco
Dir. Michelangelo Frammartino

Official Competition
Dirs. Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn

Dir. Audrey Diwan

America Latina
Dirs. Damian and Fabio D’Innocenzo

The Power Of The Dog
Dir. Jane Campion

Un Autre Monde
Dir. Stephane Brize

Mona Lisa And The Blood Moon
Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour

Parallel Mothers – Opening Film
Dir. Pedro Almodóvar

Out Of Competition – fiction

Last Night In Soho
Dir. Edgar Wright

The Last Duel
Dir. Ridley Scott

Old Henry
Dir. Potsy Ponciroli

La Scuola Cattolica
Dir. Stefano Mordini

Halloween Kills
Dir. David Gordon Green

Dir. Leonardo Di Constanzo

Les Choses Humaines
Dir. Yvan Attal

Il Bambino Nascosto
Dir. Roberto Ando

Dir. Denis Villeneuve

Out Of Competition – non-fiction

Ezio Bosso, Le Cose Che Restano
Dir. Giorgio Verdelli

Django & Django
Dir. Luca Rea

Dir. Roberta Lena

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song
Dirs. Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine

Republic Of Silence
Dir. Diana El Jeiroudi

Viaggio Nel Crepuscolo
Dir. Augusto Contento

Dir. Loup Bureau

Life Of Crime 1984-2020
Dir. Jon Alpert

Out Of Competition – Special Screenings

La Biennale Di Venezia: Il Cinema Al Tempo Del Covid
Dir. Andrea Segre

Le 7 Giornate Di Bergamo
Dir. Simona Ventura

Out Of Competition – series

Scenes From A Marriage
Creator: Hagai Levi

Horizons Extra (new section)

La Macchina Delle Immagini Di Alfredo C.
Dir. Roland Sejko

The Blind Man Who Did Not Want To See Titanic
Dir. Teemu Nikki 

7 Prisioneiros
Dir. Alexandre Moratto

La Ragazza Ha Volato
Dir. Wilma Labate

Ma Nuit
Dir. Antoinette Boulat

Mama, I’m Home
Dir. Vladimir Bitokov

Costa Brava
Dir. Mounia Akl

Land Of Dreams
Dir. Shirin Neshat, Soja Azari 


Dir. Yuasa Masaaki

True Things
Dir. Harry Wootliff

Rhino – closing film
Dir. Oleg Sentsov

Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Dir. Aditya Vikram Sengupta

El Gran Movimiento
Dir. Kiro Russo

El Otro Tom
Dirs. Rodrigo Pla, Laura Santullo

Anatomy Of Time
Dir. Jakrawal Nilthamrong

White Building
Dir. Kavich Neang

Vera Dreams Of The Sea
Dir. Kaltrina Krasniqi

107 Mothers
Dir. Peter Kerekes

A Plein Temps
Dir. Eric Gravel 

Dir. Mohamed Diab

El Hoyo En La Cerca
Dir. Joaquin Del Paso

The Falls
Dir. Chung Mong-Hong

Il Paradiso Del Pavone
Dir. Laura Bispuri

Dir. Laurynas Bareisa

Dir. Yuri Ancarani

Dir. Bogdan George Apetri

Les Promesses – Opening filmDir. Thomas Kruithof