At the end of August the Venice Film Festival will begin, and with it we’ll start to see some major Oscar contenders come out of the woodworks. Now granted, this festival isn’t usually the awards playground that Toronto is, but plenty a film has launched over in Italy (‘Black Swan’ is a strong recent example). The question right now is…what films will actually end up playing the Venice fest? We don’t know quite yet, but The Playlist is reporting here that the Italian publication La Repubblica has run a preview of the festival and suggests that a number of big name films will be premiering. Of course that means that speculation can begin about the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’, Derek Cianfrance’s ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’, Terrence Malick’s ‘To The Wonder’, Robert Redford’s ‘The Company You Keep’, Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Only God Forgives’, and Joe Wright’s ‘Anna Karenina’ making their debuts over in Europe. After the jump you can see some other potential debuts (mainly international films), but definitely take this all with a grain of salt…
Here’s some other films that The Playlist mentions as possibilities through the Italian paper’s preview:
Also mentioned are films we’ve long pegged for inclusion, including Manoel De Oliver’s “Gebo Et L’Hombre,” Marco Bellocchio’s “Dormant Beauty,” Bahman Ghobadi’s “Rhinos Season,” Susanne Bier’s “All You Need Is Love,” Olivier Assayas’ “Something In The Air,” Kim Ki-Duk’s “Pieta” and Francois Ozon’s “Dans La Maison.” More out of the blue is the mention of new films from Takeshi Kitano (likely “Outrage Beyond”), Daniel Cipri, Paolo Virzi, Johnnie To and Israeli director Rama Burshstein.
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