Shower of stars at the Venice Film Festival

Shower of stars at the Venice Film Festival

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From Penelope Cruz to Cate Blanchett, a shower of stars is expected at the 79th Venice Film Festival from August 31 to September 10, which will host in competition the opuses of Darren Aronofsky, Alejandro Inarritu and Luca Guadagnino, announced Tuesday the festival.

In total, 23 films will be in the running for the prestigious Golden Lion for best film at this Mostra, which is intended to be “a window open to the world”, underlined during his online presentation the artistic director Alberto Barbera, denouncing in particular the detention of three filmmakers in Iran.

One of them, Jafar Panahi, who must serve a six-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime”, will also be in competition with Kherst Nist (Bears don't exist).

Jafar Panahi

France is particularly well represented this year with no less than five films in competition: < em>The children of others by Rebecca Zlotowski with Virginie Efira, A couple by Frederick Wiseman, Miens, a family portrait by Roschdy Zem, Athena by Romain Gavras on a revolt in the suburbs, and Saint Omer by Alice Diop, a first film on infanticide.

French filmmaker-writer Florian Zeller has offered himself Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern and Anthony Hopkins for The Son , his new theatrical text on father-son relationships.

Hugh Jackman

There will be no shortage of stars this year on the red carpet at the Lido facing the sea: the Spanish star Penelope Cruz is the protagonist of an Italian film, The immensity by Emanuele Crialese, while the Australian Cate Blanchett plays a conductor in Todd Field's TAR.

Penelope Cruz

This festival will also mark the return of Darren Aronofsky with < em>The Whale, based on a play and starring Brendan Fraser.

Brendan Fraser

Another big name: the Mexican Alejandro Inarritu, with a “very personal” film according to Barbera: Bardo, the false chronicle of some truths.

Highly anticipated, Bones and all, by Italian Luca Guadagnino, features a Hollywood cast, from Timothée Chalamet to Chloë Sevigny.

Briton Tilda Swinton will be in the credits of The eternal daughter by Joanna Hogg, while Colin Farrell will star in The banshees of Inisherin by Martin McDonagh.

Blonde by Andrew Dominik, a film inspired by Marilyn Monroe with Ana de Armas in the title role and Adrien Brody, should turn heads.

Adrien Brody

The activism of artist photographer Nan Goldin will be at the center of All the beauty and the bloodshed by Laura Poitras, on the opiate drug scandal in the United States.

Finally, it's White noise by Noah Baumbach, with Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, what will the hon. ur to open the Venetian competition.