Venice Film Festival Unveils Lineup for 73rd Edition

Tom Ford Nocturnal Animals - S 2016
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Tom Ford's 'Nocturnal Animals,' the Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander-starring 'The Light Between Oceans' and Denis Villeneuve's 'Arrival' will play in competition, while the fest will close with the 'Magnificent Seven' remake.

The Venice International Film Festival, the world's oldest major film event, on Thursday laid out the plans for its 73rd edition, with a host of major names among the 55 features due to descend upon the historic Italian city next month.

Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals is among the biggest titles set to screen in competition, with the Los Angeles-set thriller's stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams expected to attend. The film will compete alongside Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi pic Arrivals, giving Adams double duties on the red carpet, plus Emir Kusturica's On the Milky Road and Terence Malick's Cate Blanchett-fronted documentary Voyage of Time. Audiences also will get to see the film that brought Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander together, Derek Cianfrance's The Light Between Oceans, as well as Natalie Portman's turn as Jackie Onassis in Pablo Lorraine's biopic Jackie.

The unlikely trio of Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves may drop by the Venice Lido for the premiere of The Bad Batch, Ana Lily Amirpour's follow up to her critically acclaimed debut A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and described as "a post-apocalyptic cannibal love story set in a Texas wasteland." Also in the running for the Golden Lion will be Martin Koolhoven's Brimstone, starring Dakota Fanning, Kit Harington and Guy Pearce. As has been previously announced, the festival will open with Damien Chazelle's La La Land, which also will compete.

Out of competition, the event will close with Antoine Fuqua's all-star remake of The Magnificent Seven. Mel Gibson's WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge also will screen, as will Philippe Falardeau's The Bleeder, starring Liev Schrieber, Naomi Watts and Elisabeth Moss. Another actress likely to have repeat red-carpet appearances is Portman, who stars alongside Lily-Rose Depp in Rebecca Zlotowski's Planetarium, which is being given a special out-of-competition screening.

The fest is set to run Aug. 31-Sept 10.

The complete Venice lineup follows.


Ana Lily Amirpour, The Bad Batch
Stephane Brize, Une Vie
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Derek Cianfrance, The Light Between Oceans
Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat, El ciudadono ilustre
Massimo D'Anolfi, Martina Parenti, Spira Mirabilis
Lav Diaz, The Women Who Left
Amat Escalante, La region salvaje
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Roan Johnson, Piuma
Andrei Konchalovsky, Paradise
Martin Koolhoven, Brimstone
Emir Kusturica, On the Milky Road
Pablo Larrain, Jackie
Terrence Malick, Voyage of Time
Christopher Murray, El Cristo ciego
Francois Ozon, Frantz
Giuseppe Piccioni, Questi giorni
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Wim Wenders, Les beaux jours


Paulo Sorrentino, The Young Pope, Episodes 1 & 2
Philippe Falardeau, The Bleeder
Antoine Fuqua, The Magnificent Seven
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Nick Hamm, The Journey
Benoit Jacquot, A Jamais
Yasushi Kawamuya, Gantz: O
Jee Woon Kim, The Age of Shadows
Amir Naderi, Monte
Kim Rossi Stuart, Tommaso
Bruno Chiaravalloti, Claudio Jampaglia, Benedette Argentieri, Our War
Kasper Collin, I Called Him Morgan
Andrew Dominik, One More Time With Feeling (3D)
Sergei Loznitsa, Austerlitz
Francesco Munzi, Assalto al Cielo
Ulrich Seidl, Safari
Charlie Siskel, American Anarchist