Venice Film Festival Reveals 70th Edition Lineup

Posted by Brian Brooks on 7.25.2013


Errol Morris' The Unknown Known

The Venice International Film Festival revealed its selections of International Competition and Out of Competition slate and more today with 20 World Premieres competing for the event's Golden Lion Award.

Filmmakers heading to Venice next month with their latest work in competition include Stephen Frears, who will debut his drama Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, about a woman searching for her adult son who had been taken away from her decades ago when forced to live in a convent. Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem centers on a computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence, but continually finds roadblocks by management. The film stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton.

Sci-Fi feature Under the Skin by Jonathan Glazer follows an alien in human form on a journey through Scotland. It stars Scarlett Johasson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Paul Brannigan. David Gordon Green will head to the Lido with Joe starring Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan and Sue Rock about an ex-con who meets a 15 year old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin. Errol Morris brings his latest documentary to the competition, spotlighting former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in The Unknown Known.

Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves is a drama about three environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam starring Dakota Fanning, Alia Shawkat and Jesse Eisenberg, while Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan makes his first trip to Venice with Tom Á La Ferme (Tom at the Farm), in which he also co-stars. James Franco's Child of God also stars the filmmaker along with Tim Blake Nelson in a drama about a violent-prone loner who moves to the mountains of Tennessee and lives in a cave.

Out of Competition selections include Paul Schrader's The Canyons, which will have its World Premeire at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on July 29. Other highlights in the section include Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, Alex Gibney's The Armstrong Lie, Kim-Duk Kim's Moebius, Thierry Ragobert's Amazonia and Frederick Wiseman's doc At Berkeley.

The 70th Venice International Film Festival takes place August 28 - September 7.

Films screening in Competition and Out of Competition follow with information provided by the festival. The festival's other section lineups can be viewed here.

International Competition of Feature Films (World Premieres)


Judi Dench in Stephen Frears' Philomena.

MERZAK ALLOUACHE - ES-STOUH
Algeria, France, 94'
Adila Bendimerad, Nassima Belmihoub, Ahcene Benzerari, Aïssa Chouat, Mourad Khen, Myriam Ait El Hadj

GIANNI AMELIO - L'INTREPIDO
Italy, 104'
Antonio Albanese, Livia Rossi, Gabriele Rendina, Alfonso Santagata, Sandra Ceccarelli

ALEXANDROS AVRANAS - MISS VIOLENCE
Greece, 99'
Themis Panou, Eleni Roussinou

JOHN CURRAN - TRACKS
UK, Australia, 107'
Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver

EMMA DANTE - VIA CASTELLANA BANDIERA
Italy, Switzerland, France, 90'
Elena Cotta, Emma Dante, Alba Rohrwacher, Renato Malfatti, Dario Casarolo, Carmine Maringola

XAVIER DOLAN - TOM À LA FERME
Canada, France, 105'
Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu

JAMES FRANCO - CHILD OF GOD
USA, 104'
Scott Haze, Tim Blake, Nelson Jim Parrack

STEPHEN FREARS - PHILOMENA
UK, 94'
Judi Dench, Steve Coogan

PHILIPPE GARREL - LA JALOUSIE
France, 77'
Louis Garrel, Anna Mouglalis

TERRY GILLIAM - THE ZERO THEOREM
UK, USA, 107'
Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton

AMOS GITAI - ANA ARABIA
Israel, France, 84'
Yuval Scharf, Sarah Adler, Uri Gavriel, Norman Issa, Yussuf Abuwarda, Shady Srur, Assi Levy

JONATHAN GLAZER - UNDER THE SKIN
UK, USA, 104'
Scarlett Johansson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Paul Brannigan, Krystof Hádek, Robert J. Goodwin


Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorum.

DAVID GORDON GREEN - JOE
USA, 117'
Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronie Gene Blevins

PHILIP GRÖNING - DIE FRAU DES POLIZISTEN
Germany, 175'
Alexandra Finder, David Zimmerschied, Pia Kleemann, Chiara Kleemann, Horst Rehberg, Katharina Susewind, Lars Rudolph

PETER LANDESMAN - PARKLAND
USA, 92'
James Badge Dale, Zac Efron, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, David Harbour, Marcia Gay Harden, Ron Livingston, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Jackie Weaver, Tom Welling, Paul Giamatti

HAYAO MIYAZAKI - KAZE TACHINU
Japan, 126'
(Animation)

ERROL MORRIS - THE UNKNOWN KNOWN
USA, 105'
Donald Rumsfeld (documentary)

KELLY REICHARDT - NIGHT MOVES
USA, 112'
Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, James Le Gros

GIANFRANCO ROSI - SACRO GRA
Italy, 87'
(documentary)

MING-LIANG TSAI - JIAOYOU (STRAY DOGS)
Chinese Taipei, France, 138'
Lee Kang-sheng, Lu Yi-ching, Lee Yi-cheng, Lee Yi-chieh, Chen Shiang-chyi

Out of Competition (Important works by directors already established in previous editions of the festival)

SHINJI ARAMAKI - SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK
Japan, 115'

ALFONSO CUARÓN - GRAVITY
Usa, 90'
George Clooney, Sandra Bullock

SALVO CUCCIA - CUCCIA - SUMMER 82 WHEN ZAPPA CAME TO SICILY
Italy, Usa, 80'
Gail Zappa, Moon Zappa, Diva Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, Mathilda Doucette, Megan Zappa, Massimo Bassoli, Steve Vai, Tanino Liberatore, Thomas Nordegg


Paul Schrader's The Canyons.

ANNA EBORN - PINE RIDGE
Denmark, 77'
Vanessa Piper, Kassel Sky Little, Lance Red Cloud Cassandra Warrior, Daniel Runs Close, John Little Finger, Bert Lee Montileaux Jr

ALEX GIBNEY - THE ARMSTRONG LIE
Usa, 105'
Lance Armstrong

MIGUEL GOMES - REDEMPTION
Portugal, France, Germany, Italy, 26'

KITTY GREEN - UKRAINA NE BORDEL (UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL)
Australia, 76'

KI-DUK KIM - MOEBIUS
South Korea, 90'
Cho Jae-hyun, Seo Young-ju, Lee Eun-woo

STEVEN KNIGHT - LOCKE
United Kingdom, 85'
Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, Tom Holland

SANG-IL LEE - YURUSAREZARU MONO (UNFORGIVEN)
Japan, 125'
Ken Watanabe, Jun Kunimura, Yûra Yagira, Kôichi Satô, Akira Emoto, Shioni Kutsuna, Eiko Koike, Ken’ichi Takitô

GREG MCLEAN - WOLF CREEK 2
Australia, 107'
Phillipe Klaus, Shannon Ashlyn, John Jarratt

COSTANZA QUATRIGLIO - CON IL FIATO SOSPESO
Italy, 35'
Alba Rohrwacher

THIERRY RAGOBERT - AMAZONIA
France, Brazil, 90'

EDGAR REITZ - DIE ANDERE HEIMAT - CHRONIK EINER SEHNSUCHT (HOME FROM HOME - CHRONICLE OF A VISION)
Germany, 225'
Jan Dieter Schneider, Antonia Bill, Maximilian Scheidt, Marita Breuer, Rüdiger Kriese, Philine Lembeck, Mélanie Fouché, Eva Zeidler, Barbara Philipp, Christoph Luser

PAUL RUDISH, AARON SPRINGER, CLAY MORROW - O SOLE MINNIE (GONDOLA)
Usa, 3'

PAUL SCHRADER - THE CANYONS
Usa, 99'
Lindsay Lohan, James Deen, Nolan Gerard Funk, Gus Van Sant

ETTORE SCOLA - CHE STRANO CHIAMARSI FEDERICO - SCOLA RACCONTA FELLINI
Italy, 93'
Sergio Rubini, Antonella Attili, Vittorio Viviani, Sergio Pierattini, Tommaso Lanzotti

MARIO SESTI, TEHO TEARDO - LA VOCE DI BERLINGUER
Italy, 20'

ANDRZEJ WAJDA, EWA BRODZKA - WALESA. CZOWIEK Z NADZIEI (WALESA. MAN OF HOPE)
Poland, 120'
Robert Wieckiewicz, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Rosaria Omaggio

BING WANG - FENG AI ('TIL MADNESS DO US PART)
Hong Kong-China, France, Japan, 220'

FREDERICK WISEMAN - AT BERKELEY
Usa, 244'

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