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2021 Venice Film Festival: Blonde is MIA, Franco’s Sundown, Vasyanovych’s Reflection, Frammartino’s The Hole, Larrain’s Spencer in COMP

2021 Venice Film Festival: Blonde is MIA, Franco’s Sundown, Vasyanovych’s Reflection, Frammartino’s The Hole, Larrain’s Spencer in COMP

While Netflix is present Andrew Dominik’s Blonde and Claire Denis’ Fire is nowhere to be found, the official selection for the 2021 edition of the Venice Film Festival has been announced and in the copm we find the likes of Frammartino’s The Hole, Amirpour’s Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon, Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, Paul Schrader’s The Card Counter, Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God, Valentyn Vasyanovych’s supposed very graphic an unflinching Reflection, and finally, Lorenzo Vigas’ long-awaited La Caja and he will be facing off against his producer Michel Franco who brings Sundown to the Lido. Some surprise insertions include Audrey Diwan’s L’Evenement, Jan P. Matuszyski’s Leave No Traces, Erik Matti’s On The Job: The Missing 8 and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s debut The Lost Daughter. Here is the entire line-up:


“Parallel Mothers,” Pedro Almodovar — Opening Film
“Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon,” Ana Lily Amirpour
“Un Autre Monde,” Stephane Brize
“The Power of the Dog,” Jane Campion
“America Latina,” Damiano D’Innocenzo, Fabio D’Innocenzo
“L’Evenement,” Audrey Diwan
“Official Competition,” Gaston Depart, Mariano Cohn
“The Hole,” Michelangelo Frammartino
“Sundown,” Michel Franco
“Lost Illusions,” Xavier Giannoli
“The Lost Daughter,” Maggie Gyllenhaal
“Spencer,” Pablo Larrain
“Freaks Out,” Gabriele Mainetti
“Qui Rido Io,” Mario Martone
“On The Job: The Missing 8,” Erik Matti
“Leave No Traces,” Jan P. Matuszyski
“Captain Volkonogov Escaped,” Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov
“The Card Counter,” Paul Schrader
“The Hand of God,” Paolo Sorrentino
“Reflection,” Valentyn Vasyanovych
“La Caja,” Lorenzo Vigas

“Il Bambino Nascosto,” Roberto Andò – Festival Closer
“Les Choses Humaines,” Yvan Attal
“Ariaferma,” Leonardo Di Costanzo
“Halloween Kills,” David Gordon Green
“La Scuola Cattolica,” Stefano Mordini
“Old Henry,” Potsy Ponciroli
“The Last Duel,” Ridley Scott
“Dune,” Denis Villeneuve
“Last Night in Soho,” Edgar Wright

“Life Of Crime,” Jon Alpert
“Tranchees,” Loup Bureau
“Viaggio Nel Crepuscolo,” Augusto Contento
“Republic of Silence,” Diana El Jeiroudi
“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song,” Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine
“DeAndre#Deandre Storia di un Impiegato,” Roberta Lena
“Django&Django,” Luca Rea
“Ezio Bosso. Le Cose Che Restano,” Giorgio Verdelli

“Scenes From a Marriage,” Hagai Levi

“Les Promesses,” Thomas Kruithof – Opening Film
“Atlantide,” Jury Ancarani
“Miracle,” Bogdan George Apetri
“Pilgrims,” Laurynas Bareisa
“The Peackock’s Paradise,” Laura Bispuri
“The Falls,” Chung Mong-Hong
“El Hoyo En La Cerca,” Joachin Del Paso
“Amira,” Mohammed Diab
“A Plein Temps,” Eric Gravel
“107 Mothers,” Peter Kerkekes
“Vera Dreams of the Sea,” Kaltrina Krasniqi
“White Building,” Kavich Neang
“Anatomy of Time,” Jakrawal Nilthamrong
“El Otro Tom,” Rodrigo Pla, Laura Santullo
“El Gran Movimiento,” Kiro Russo
“Once Upon a Time in Calcutta,” Adita Vikram Sengupta
“Rhino,” Oleg Sentsov
“True Things,” Harry Wootliff
“Inu-Oh,” Yuasa Maasaki

“Land of Dreams,” Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari — Opening Film
“Costa Brava” (AKA Lebanon) Mounia Akl
“Mama, I’m Home,” Vladimir Bitokov
“Ma Nuit,” Antoinette Boulot
“La Ragazza Ha Volato,” Wilma Labate
“7 Prisoners,” Alexandre Moratto
“The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic,” Teemu Nikki
“La Macchina Delle Immagini di Alfredo C,” Rolando Sejko

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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