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Venice 2017: Weiwei, Haigh, Maoz, Doueiri & Kechiche Compete for Golden Lion

Venice 2017: Weiwei, Haigh, Maoz, Doueiri & Kechiche Compete for Golden Lion

Despite the number of spoilers in TIFF announcements less than 48 hours back, the are some top filmmaker names and highly anticipated film items that finally got confirmed for a shot at the Golden Lion. The biggest surprise in the mentioned titles below is that Lucrecia Martel’s Zama is somehow not worthy of a comp slot. In the eyebrow raisers, Al Weiwei’s Human Flow is confirmed for a Telluride-Venice double stop alongside fellow docu item (and what will likely be Frederick Wiseman’s last) Ex Libris – New York Public Library. In the best of lido frontrunners there is Golden Lion winner (2009’s Lebanon) Samuel Maoz measures up with Foxtrot against Abdellatif Kechiche’s first of a two parter in Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno. Lebanese-born Ziad Doueiri finds a premiere spot for his latest in L’insulte, while Andrew Haigh’s Lean On Pete could be the American film to watch out for in a section that is dominated by American, French, Asian and Italian offerings.

In the out of comp section, it’s nice to see James Toback coming out of the woods with The Private Life Of A Modern Woman, andS. Craig Zahler will likely have a badassery hit with Brawl In Cell Block 99, while the Orizzonti section gives us the latest from Leviathan pairing Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel with Caniba and continuing with select American film curiosities we have the Mulleavy sisters debut film with Dunst in Woodshock, Chris Smith finally returns behind the camera with Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond: The Story Of Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman And Tony Clifton. We’re going to be busy covering all these films in Venice and Toronto. Here is the complete selection.

Downsizing, Alexander Payne (opening film)
Human Flow, Al Weiwei
mother!, Darren Aronofsky
Suburbicon, George Clooney
The Shape Of Water, Guillermo del Toro
L’insulte, Ziad Doueiri
La Villa, Robert Guediguian
Lean On Pete, Andrew Haigh
Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, Abdellatif Kechiche
Sandome No Satsujin (The Third Murder), Hirokazu Koreeda
Custody (Jusqu’a La Garde), Xavier Legrand
Ammore e Malavita, Manetti Bros
Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh
Hannah, Andrea Pallaoro
Jia Nian Hua (Angels Wear White), Vivian Qu
Una Famiglia, Sebastiano Rosa
First Reformed, Paul Schrader
Sweet Country, Warwick Thornton
The Leisure Seeker, Paolo Virzi
Ex Libris – New York Public Library, Frederick Wiseman

Our Souls At Night, Ritesh Batra
Victoria And Abdul, Stephen Frears
La Melodie, Rachid Hami
Outrage Coda, Takeshi Kitano (closing film)
Loving Pablo, Fernando León de Aranoa
Il Signor Rotpeter, Antonietta de Lillo
Diva!, Francesco Patierno
Racer And The Jailbird, Michael R Roskam
Zama, Lucrecia Martel
Wormwood, Errol Morris
The Private Life Of A Modern Woman, James Toback
Brawl In Cell Block 99, S. Craig Zahler
Il Colore Nascosto Delle Cose, Silvio Soldini

Cuba And The Cameraman, Jon Alpert
My Generation, David Batty
The Devil And Father Amorth, William Friedkin
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda – Stephen Nomura Schible
Piazza Vittorio, Abel Ferrara
This Is Congo, Daniel McCabe
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond: The Story Of Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman And Tony Clifton, Chris Smith
Happy Winter, Giovanni Totaro

Casa d’Altri, Gianni Amelio
Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D, John Landis
Making Of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Jerry Kramer

Disappearance, Ali Asgari
Especes Menacees, Gilles Bourdos
The Rape Of Recy Taylor, Nancy Buirski
Caniba, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
Les Bienheureux, Sofia Djama
Marvin, Anne Fontaine
Invisible, Pablo Giorgelli
Brutti e Cattivi, Cosimo Gomez
The Cousin, Tzahi Grad
The Testament, Amichai Greenberg
No Date, No Signature, Vahid Jalilvand
Los Versos Del Olvido, Alireza Khatami
The Night I Swam, Damien Manivel, Igarashi Kohei
Nico, 1988, Susanna Nicchiarelli
Krieg, Rick Ostermann
West Of Sunshine, Jason Raftopoulos
Gatta Cenerentola, Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Dario Sansone
Under The Tree, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson
La Vita in Comune, Edoardo Winspeare

Manuel – Dario Albertini
Controfigura – Rä Di Martino
Woodshock – Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy
Nato a Casal di Principe – Bruno Oliviero
Suburra – La serie – Michele Placido, Andre Molaili, Guiseppe Capotondi
Tuers – François Troukens, Jean-François Hensgens

La Lunga Strada del Ritorno, Alessandro Blasetti
Barbiana ’65 La Lezione di Don Milani, Alessandro G. A. D’Alessandro
Lievito Madre, Le Ragazze del Secolo Scorso, Concita de Gregorio, Esmeralda Calabria

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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