Films to look out for at Venice Film Festival this year
Ready for the Venice Film Festival’s 79th edition? Running from August 31 to September 10, it promises an eclectic line-up with plenty of Oscar hopefuls. From Oliva Wilde’s eerie new thriller to Andrew Dominic’s Marilyn Monroe biopic, here are 5 releases to look out for.
Don’t Worry Darling
Directed by Olivia Wilde, ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ has secured a non-competitive slot in the festival and is a psychological suburban thriller inspired by films like ‘Fatal Attraction’ and ‘Indecent Proposal.’ Set in the 1950s in an experimental utopian village, it stars Florence Pugh as housewife Alice, who discovers disturbing secrets about her seemingly idyllic marriage to Jack (Harry Styles).
An adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' bestselling 2000 biographical novel, New Zealand-born Australian director Andrew Dominik's ‘Blonde’ stars Cuban- Spanish actor Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe and is inspired by the Hollywood icon’s rise to stardom. Scheduled for release on Netflix on September 28, this film is likely to be controversial: it is the first film to be produced by the American streaming service to carry the NC-17 rating for its sexual content.
Oscar-winner Alejandro Iñarritu’s ‘Bardo’ (Or ‘False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths’) is a personal, nostalgic and comedy about a prominent Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker, who returns home and finds himself dealing with an existential crisis. Written together with Nicolas Giacobone (who he worked with on ‘Birdman’), this is Iñarritu’s first film shot in Mexico since his acclaimed ‘Amores Perros’ (2000) and his first feature since ‘The Revenant’ (2015).
The Eternal Daughter
This Martin Scorsese-produced, mystery ghost drama directed by English director Joanna Hogg stars Tilda Swinton and tells the story of an artist and her middle-aged mother finding out long-buried secrets and confronting past memories on returning to their former family home. Filmed in Wales during lockdown, this is one of this year’s most anticipated films and Swinton’s performance is moving.
Set to be distributed by Netflix after it premieres at the festival, American filmmaker Noah Baumbach’s ‘White Noise’ is the director’s first adaptation of a novel. Based on Don DeLillo’s 1985 novel, it stars Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig (as Professor Jack Gladney and Babette Gladney, respectively) and tells the story of an American family whose life takes a turn due to an airborne toxic event.
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