Venezia 76 - The Films In Competition at the 76th Edition of the Venice Film Festival

by keithsim | last updated - 3 weeks ago

Venice's 76th films are an eclectic bunch. First and foremost we have a movie based on a comic book character In Competition. That says a lot about the potential greatness of Joker, the collaboration of DC, the guy who directed The Hangover (which holds up incredibly well), and the absolute nut who is one of our greatest living actors. Venice also offers us new films from Soderbergh and Baumbach, two iconoclasts who aren't making films for wide audiences but it sure would be nice if they tucked another hit into their belts. While the In Competition selections are the most discussed and the ones up for the prizes the Out of Competition - Fiction, Non-Fiction and Special Screenings are outstanding, while the Orizzonti category is dedicated to new voices and visions. The Venice Classics revel in restorations and the Classics Docs discuss films and filmmakers of the past. One of the surprising discoveries I've made at Venice is their stellar VR Experience, which has increased in size and scope and converted me utterly to the format. - by Keith Simanton, Senior Film Editor

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1. Joker (I) (2019)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.5
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70 Metascore

An original standalone origin story of the iconic villain not seen before on the big screen, it's a gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, and a broader cautionary tale.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Jolie Chan

Votes: 13,887

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2. Ad Astra (2019)

PG-13 | 122 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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78 Metascore

Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 3,797

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3. The Laundromat (I) (2019)

R | 96 min | Drama

6.3
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55 Metascore

A widow investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners exploiting the world's financial system.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Sharon Stone

Votes: 320

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4. Marriage Story (2019)

R | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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95 Metascore

Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Merritt Wever, Adam Driver, Laura Dern

Votes: 523

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5. Babyteeth (2019)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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73 Metascore

When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it's her parents' worst nightmare. But as Milla's first brush with love brings her a new lust for ... See full summary »

Director: Shannon Murphy | Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis, Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace

Votes: 87

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6. Wasp Network (2019)

123 min | Thriller

5.3
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53 Metascore

The story of five Cuban political prisoners who had been imprisoned by the United States since the late 1990s on charges of espionage and murder.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Ana de Armas, Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez, Gael García Bernal

Votes: 176

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7. Gloria Mundi (2019)

106 min | Drama

5.4
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In Marseille, a family gathers for the birth of baby Gloria. But despite the joy, the young parents have fallen on tough times. As they try to make ends meet, they reconnect with Gloria's ex-convict grandfather.

Director: Robert Guédiguian | Stars: Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gérard Meylan, Anaïs Demoustier

Votes: 42

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8. An Officer and a Spy (2019)

132 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.5
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56 Metascore

In 1894, French Captain Alfred Dreyfus is wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's island.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Louis Garrel, Emmanuelle Seigner, Grégory Gadebois

Votes: 306

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9. The Truth (2019)

106 min | Drama

6.3
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71 Metascore

About a stormy reunion between a daughter and her actress mother, Catherine, against the backdrop of Catherine's latest role in a sci-fi picture as a mother who never grows old.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clémentine Grenier

Votes: 168

In Competition - Opening Night Film

10. No.7 Cherry Lane (2019)

125 min | Animation

5.5
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70 Metascore

An English literature student living in 1960s Hong Kong finds himself caught in a love triangle with the woman he is tutoring and her mother.

Director: Yonfan | Stars: Sylvia Chang, Wei Zhao

Votes: 95

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11. Saturday Fiction (2019)

126 min | Drama, History

6.0
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47 Metascore

Yu Jin is working undercover gathering intelligence for the Allies.

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Li Gong, Mark Chao, Pascal Greggory, Xiangli Huang

Votes: 89

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12. Ema (2019)

102 min | Drama

6.5
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72 Metascore

A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Santiago Cabrera, Mariana Di Girolamo, Josefina Fiebelkorn, Giannina Fruttero

Votes: 238

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13. Waiting for the Barbarians (2019)

112 min | Drama

6.8
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55 Metascore

A Magistrate working in a distant outpost begins to question his loyalty to the empire.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, Gana Bayarsaikhan

Votes: 125

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14. About Endlessness (2019)

78 min | Drama

6.4
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84 Metascore

With ABOUT ENDLESSNESS, Roy Andersson adds to his cinematic oeuvre with a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality.

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Bengt Bergius, Amanda Davies, Tatiana Delaunay, Karin Engman

Votes: 147

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15. The Painted Bird (2019)

169 min | Drama, War

7.1
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75 Metascore

A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters.

Director: Václav Marhoul | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper, Udo Kier

Votes: 252

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16. The Mayor of Rione Sanità (2019)

115 min | Crime, Drama

5.8
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This particular version of Naples is home to Antonio Barracano, the young, vigorous and tattooed Mayor of Rione Sanità who plays by his own rules; a paternal figure who oversees the licit and illicit activities unfolding within the city.

Director: Mario Martone | Stars: Francesco Di Leva, Adriano Pantaleo, Roberto De Francesco, Massimiliano Gallo

Votes: 82

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17. Martin Eden (2019)

129 min | Drama

7.1
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51 Metascore

Martin Eden struggles to rise above his destitute, proletarian circumstances through an intense and passionate pursuit of self-education, hoping to achieve a place among the literary elite.

Director: Pietro Marcello | Stars: Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi

Votes: 389

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18. The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be (2019)

105 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.5
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On the 25th anniversary of Capaci and via D'Amelio bombings, Franco Maresco wonders what's left of their ideals and struggles in contemporary Sicily, dwelling on its relationship with the Mafia.

Director: Franco Maresco | Stars: Letizia Battaglia, Ciccio Mira, Margherita Mannino, Christian Miscel

Votes: 57

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19. Guest of Honour (2019)

105 min | Drama

5.2
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52 Metascore

Veronica wants to remain in jail for a sexual assault she knows she's been wrongfully indicted for. She and her father, Jim, find themselves acting out of the bounds of good behavior as the past haunts them.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: David Thewlis, Luke Wilson, Tennille Read, Rossif Sutherland

Votes: 109

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20. The Domain (2019)

166 min | Drama

6.4
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The chronicle of a Portuguese family that owns one of the largest estates in Europe, on the south bank of the River Tagus.

Director: Tiago Guedes | Stars: Albano Jerónimo, Sandra Faleiro, Miguel Borges, Ana Vilela da Costa

Votes: 69

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21. The Perfect Candidate (2019)

101 min | Drama

5.5
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69 Metascore

A determined young Saudi doctor's surprise run for office in the local city elections sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town's first female candidate.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Nora Al Awadh, Dae Al Hilali, Mila Al Zahrani, Khalid Abdulraheem

Votes: 129




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