Venice and Toronto Announce Their 2018 Lineups

by Ana Maria Bahiana July 25, 2018
POsters for the Venice and Toronto film festivals 2018

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With one day between them, the two pillars of the international Fall circuit announced similar line-ups, establishing the trends and names that will be on the industry’s minds for the next busy months of prestige releases.

Present in the line-up of both Venice and Toronto are Damien Chazelle’s astronaut saga First Man, starring Ryan Gosling (opening and in competition in Venice); Bradley Cooper’s take on the much-filmed A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga (out of competition in Venice); and Roma, Alfonso Cuarón’s return to Spanish-language filmmaking (a special presentation in Toronto, in competition in Venice).

Venice, a pioneer in recognizing streaming platforms as a viable and legitimate medium (with Amazon’s Beasts of No Nation in 2015) has wholly embraced the digital studios, this year. Netflix will be on the Lido with six titles: Joel and Ethan Coens new Western, The Ballad of Buster ScruggsPaul Greengrass22 July (formerly titled Norway), about the 2011 terrorist attack in and around Oslo; the completion of Orson Welles’ unfinished The Other Side of the Wind; Alessio Cremonini’s Sulla Mia Pelle (opening the Horizons sidebar) and Cuarón’s Roma. Amazon Studios will bring the highly anticipated Suspiria, starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, director Luca Guadagnino’s take on Dario Argento’s  cult horror film from 1977,

Speaking at the press conference that announced this year’s selection, Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera explained why the prestigious festival welcomes the new platforms, saying “We cannot refuse to come to terms with the reality of the new production landscape.”

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Films seleceted for Venice and Toronto 2018

The 2018 vintage (top, from left): First Man; If Bealey Street Could Tallk; Roma; (bottom, from left) Beautiful Boy; A Star is Born; Widows.

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The Venice line-up includes Jacques Audiard’s English-language debut, The Sister Brothers, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix; Mike Leigh‘s period political drama Peterloo; and Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate with Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh;

Laszlo NemesSunset, his follow up to Son of Saul; Florian Von Donnermarck’s thriller Work Without Author; Yorgos Lanthimos’ period piece The Favourite, with Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz; and the debut of the HBO series My Brilliant Friend, based on author Elena Ferrante’s four Neopolitan novels. The solitary female director on the Venice competition slate is Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), with The Nightingale.

In addition to the films that overlap with Venice’s choices, Toronto will feature Barry JenkinsIf Beale Street Could Talk; Olivier Assayas’ Non Fiction; Jason Hartman’s The Front Runner, starring Hugh Jackman; Steve McQueen’s Widows; Felix van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy, starring Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell, Claire Denis’ High Life, Mélanie Laurent’s Galveston and Zhang Yimou’s Shadow. A hefty Cannes package of titles will also be present: among them, Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows, Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum and closing film Shoplifters, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.

The Venice International Film Festival will run from August 29 to September 8, and Toronto, from September 6 to 16.

The HFPA will host special events to announce important new partnerships with both festivals.