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2018 Venice Film Festival: Jennifer Kent, Alverson, Corbet, Schnabel & Coen Bros. in Comp

2018 Venice Film Festival: Jennifer Kent, Alverson, Corbet, Schnabel & Coen Bros. in Comp

Surprise, surprise. At the end of the day, Ethan and Joel Coen’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a feature film (not a series) and in a competition of 22 titles we find only one female filmmaker in Jennifer Kent and her heavily anticipated sophomore film. The 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival will see American indie voices in Rick Alverson and Brady Corbet measuring up against curious entries such as S. Craig Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Werk Ohne Autor and Roberto Minervini’s What You Gonna Do When the World’s On Fire?

Some title changes are confirmed with Carlos Reygadas’ Where Life is Born now being called, Nuestro Tiempo while Olivier Assayas’s Non-Fiction will also go by the title Double Vies. Along with the non-mentions of Harmony Korine and Francois Ozon, mysteriously not included at Venice or TIFF (for now) are the likes of Andrey Konchalovsky, Peter Strickland, Abdellatif Kechiche, Joanna Hogg, Terrence Malick (although Venice has the The Tree of Life Extended Cut showing) and Xavier Dolan (TIFF announces their Canadian film line-up on August 1st – this would be a major coup on their part). Here is the entire comp:

“First Man,” Damien Chazelle (opening night)
“Acusada,” Gonzalo Tobal
“At Eternity’s Gate,” Julian Schnabel
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
“Capri-Revolution,” Mario Martone
“Double Vies,” Olivier Assayas
“Dragged Across Concrete,” S. Craig Zahler
“The Favourite,” Yorgos Lanthimos
“Freres Ennemis,” David Oelhoffen
“The Mountain,” Rick Alverson
“Napszallta” (“Sunset”), Laszlo Nemes
“The Nightingale,” Jennifer Kent
“Nuestro Tiempo,” Carlos Reygadas
“Peterloo,” Mike Leigh
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron
“The Sisters Brothers,” Jacques Audiard
“Suspiria,” Luca Guadagnino
“22 July,” Paul Greengrass
“Vox Lux,” Brady Corbet
“Werk Ohne Autor” (“Opera Senza Autore”), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
“What You Gonna Do When the World’s On Fire?,” Roberto Minervini
“Zan” (“Killing”), Shinya Tsukamoto

“The Other Side of the Wind,” Orson Welles
“They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead,” Morgan Neville

“L’Amica Geniale,” Saverio Costanzo
“Il Diaro Di Angela – Noi Due Cineasti,” Yervant Gianikian
“A Letter to a Friend in Gaza,” Amos Gitai
“Aquarela,” Victor Kossakovsky
“El Pepe, Una Vida Suprema,” Emir Kusturica
“Process,” Sergei Loznitsa
“Carmine Street Guitars,” Ron Mann
“Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul.,” Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi
“American Dharma,” Errol Morris
“Introduzione All’Oscuro,” Gaston Solnicki
“1938 Diversi,” Giorgio Treves
“Ni De Lian” (“Your Face”), Tsia Ming-Liang
“Monrovia, Indiana,” Frederick Wiseman

“Una Storia Senza Nome,” Roberto Ando
“Les Estivants,” Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
“A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper
“Mi Obra Maestra,” Gaston Duprat
“A Tramway in Jerusalem,” Amos Gitai
“Un Peuple et Son Roi,” Pierre Schoeller
“La Quietud,” Pablo Trapero
“Ying” (“Shadow”), Zhang Yimou

“Sulla Mia Pelle,” Alessio Cremonini
“Kraben Rahu” (“Manta Ray”), Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
“Soni,” Ivan Ayr
“Ozen” (“The River”), Emir Baigazin
“La Noche de 12 Anos,” Alvaro Brechner
“Deslembro,” Flavia Castro
“Anons” (“The Announcement”), Mahmut Fazil Coskun
“Un Giorno All’Improvviso,” Ciro D’Emilio
“Charlie Says,” Mary Harron
“Amanda,” Mikhael Hers
“Yom Adaatou Zouli” (“The Day I Lost My Shadow”), Soudade Kaadan
“L’Enkas,” Sarah Marx
“Tchelovek Kotorij Udivil Vseh” (“The Man Who Surprised Everyone”), Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov
“Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku” (“Memories of My Body”), Garin Nugroho
“Hamchenan Ke Mimordan” (“As I Lay Dying”), Mostafa Sayyari
“La Profezia Dell’Armadillo,” Emanuele Scaringi
“Erom” (“Stripped”), Yaron Shani
“Jinpa,” Pema Tseden
“Tel Aviv on Fire,” Sameh Zoab

“Blood Kin,” Ramin Bahrani
“Il Banchiere Anarchico,” Giulio Base
“Il Ragazzo Piu Felice Del Mondo,” Gipi
“Arrivederci Saigon,” Wilma Labate
“The Tree of Life” (Extended Cut), Terrence Malick
“L’Heure de la Sortie,” Sebastien Marnier
“Magic Lantern,” Amir Naderi
“Camorra,” Francesco Patierno

“The Great Buster,” Peter Bogdanovich
“Women Making Films: A New Road Movie Through Cinema,” Mark Cousins
“Humberto Mauro,” Andre Di Mauro
“Living the Light – Robby Muller,” Claire Pijman
“24/25 Il Fotogramma in Piu,” Giancarlo Rolandi, Frederico Pontiggia
“Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast,”Bruce Weber
“Friedkin Uncut,” Francisco Zippel

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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