Get ready to be swept away by the magic of the silver screen! The 80th edition of the Venice Film Festival has finally unveiled its program, and it's packed with some of the most exciting and innovative films from around the world.

Venice, the city of love and art, is the perfect backdrop for this cinematic extravaganza.

With 21 feature films premiering in Venice, including both competition and out-of-competition titles from world-renowned directors and up-and-coming filmmakers, this year's festival promises to be a truly unforgettable experience.

As we eagerly anticipate the Venice film festival 2023's start, let's take a closer look at what's in store.

Venice film festival 2023 line up: a look at the competing titles

venice movie festival 2023 line up

From the captivating drama of The Killers by David Fincher, to the black comedy of El Conde by Pablo Larraín, and the inspiring Origin by Ava Duvernay, the competition selection is brimming with diverse and thought-provoking films.

But that's not all. The festival offers a rich selection of Italian films and great out-of-competition titles.

The 2023 edition of the Venice Film Festival is more eagerly anticipated than ever. However, as we all know, it doesn't seem to be starting under the best of stars.

The echoes of the strikes that are sweeping through the Hollywood film industry have also reached Venice.

For example, Guadagnino's film, Challengers, starring Zendaya, will no longer open the festival. In its place, Edoardo De Angelis' Comandante, starring Pierfrancesco Favino, will be showcased.

Even some actors may not be present on the Lido. There are rumors about Emma Stone and Penelope Cruz.

Nevertheless, the Venice Film Festival program promises to be more explosive than ever.

The competing titles

21 competition titles for the 80th Venice International film festival.

Film Title Director Name Country
Comandante Edoardo De Angelis Italy
The Promised Land Nikolaj Arcel Denmark-Germany-Sweden
Dogman Luc Besson France
La Bete Bertrand Bonello France-Germany
Hors-Saison Stephane Brize France
Enea Pietro Castellitto Italy
Maestro Bradley Cooper United States
Priscilla Sofia Coppola United States-Italy
Finally Dawn Saverio Costanzo Italy
Lubo Giorgio Diritti Italy-Switzerland
Origin Ava DuVernay United States
The Killer David Fincher United States
Memory Michel Franco Mexico-United States
Io Capitano Matteo Garrone Italy-Belgium
Evil Does Not Exist Ryusuke Hamaguchi Japan
The Green Border Agnieszka Holland Czech Republic-Poland-Belgium
Die Theorie Von Allem Timm Kroger Germany-Austria-Switzerland
Poor Things Yorgos Lanthimos United Kingdom-Ireland-United States
El Conde Pablo Larrain Chile
Ferrari Michael Mann United States
Adagio Stefano Sollima Italy
Woman Of Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert Poland-Sweden
Holly Fien Troch Belgium-Netherlands-Luxembourg-France

Out of competition fiction movies

Movie Title Director Country
Society Of The Snow (closing film) JA Bayona Sp-Uru-Chil
Coup De Chance Woody Allen Fr-UK
The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar Wes Anderson US
The Penitent Luca Barbareschi It
L’Ordine Del Tempo Liliana Cavani It-Bel
Vivants Alix Delaporte Fr-Bel
Welcome To Paradise Leonardo Di Costanzo Fr
Daaaaaali! Quentin Dupieux Fr
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial William Friedkin US
Making Of Cedric Kahn Fr
Aggro Dr1ft Harmony Korine US
Hit Man Richard Linklater US
The Palace Roman Polanski It-Switz-Pol-Fr
Snow Leopard Pema Tseden China

Out of competition (but non fiction)

Movie Title Director Country
Amor Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri It-Lith
Frente A Guernica (Versione Integrale) Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi It
Hollywoodgate Ibhraim Nash’at US
Ryuichi Sakamoto Opus Neo Sora
Enzo Jannacci Vengo Anch’io Giorgio Verdelli It
Menus Plaisirs – Les Troisgros Frederick Wiseman US

Fighting the Climate Crisis

The 2023 Venice Film Festival is not indifferent to the upheavals generated by climate change.

As stated by the president of the Biennale, Roberto Cicutto,

All the Biennale's events have obtained carbon neutrality certification.

We can't wait for the end of August to finally arrive!

Are you coming to Lido?

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