Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’ and Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Set for Venice Fest

Nocturnal Animals, Venice Film Festival


Denis Villeneuve‘s “Arrival” and Tom Ford‘s “Nocturnal Animals” are likely set to have their premieres at Venice Film Festival when the annual fest runs from August 31 to September 10. The news comes just shy of a week until official announcements regarding the lineups for Toronto International Film Festival and Venice Film Festival will be made.

Per, “Arrival” is a buzzy sci-fi thriller that takes place after alien crafts land around the world. An expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. Amy AdamsJeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg star.

Meanwhile, “Nocturnal Animals” is an adaptation of Austin Wright’s 1993 novel “Tony and Susan.” The movie focuses on an art gallery owner who is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale. Adams also stars in this film, but this time alongside Jake Gyllenhaal.

Variety, the first to report the news, notes that other films that could potentially be in the mix are Emir Kusturica‘s “On The Milky Road” and Wim Wenders‘ “The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez.” Another film that could appear is Antoine Fuqua‘s “The Magnificent Seven” remake, but this is not official yet. Meanwhile, the outlet notes that Pablo Larrain‘s “Jackie” (in which Natalie Portman tackles the titular role of Jackie Kennedy) has a small chance, but it all depends on whether or not post-production for the film has wrapped.

It was previously announced that Damien Chazelle‘s much-anticipated ode to old Hollywood musicals, “La La Land,” would open the festival.

For those who will not be attending the film festival, “Arrival” is slated for release on Nov. 11 and “Nocturnal Animals” releases November 18.