The 2018 Venice Film Festival Unveils Full Lineup, Including Auteurs and Netflix

The festival circuit has been busy this week with daily updates on the big Fall Festivals. New York Film Festival, London Film Festival, and Toronto Film Festival have all staked their claim on films. Toronto’s full lineup unveil yesterday was exciting, and helped to clarify the picture about many contenders. However, with today’s announcement of the 2018 Venice Film Festival lineup, it seems many of the auteurs in the industry are going to Italy first. Not only did they snag many films perceived to push for Oscar in the fall, but Netflix made it’s presence felt.

We had already received news earlier in the past week about “First Man” and “A Star is Born.” Yet the announcement of the rest of the lineup showcases a deep, auteur-driven lineup. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the Coen Brothers‘ “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” The project began as an anthology series for Netflix about the old west. Apparently, that has shifted, and the movie is instead an anthology film. This may shake up the Oscar race considerably. The Coens have found considerable success in the Western genre, including the career-defining “No Country for Old Men” in 2007.  Could they make another run at Oscar with Netflix?

Another director of note to show up is Paul Greengrass. While his film has held a November release date, not much has been made about his English-language feature. The film had been previously known as “Norway” on IMDB and in some corners of the internet, yet the announcement confirms a new name. “22 July” will follow a terrorist attack in Norway that led to the deaths of 77 people. This included an attack on a summer camp meant for teens. Greengrass has approached topics like this before, and if he is on his game, expect something truely intense and special.

The rest of the lineup is listed below. There are many reasons to be excited about the 2018 Venice Film Festival. The only question is which films will receive a bounce like “Downsizing,” only to stumble when they get home to America? Time will tell, but there is certainly a lot of intrigue around Netflix and their presence at the festival.

2018 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

IN COMPETITION

“First Man,” Dir. Damien Chazelle
“The Mountain,” Dir. Rick Alverson
“Doubles Vies,” Dir. Olivier Assayas
“The Sisters Brothers,” Dir. Jacques Audiard
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Dir. Ethan and Joel Coen
“Vox Lux,” Dir. Brady Corbet
“Roma,” Dir. Alfonso Cuaron
“22 July,” Dir. Paul Greengrass
“Suspiria,” Dir. Luca Guadagnino
“Work Ohne Autor,” Dir. Florian Henkel Von Donnersmark
“The Nightingale,” Dir. Jennifer Kent
“The Favorite,” Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
“Peterloo,” Dir. Mike Leigh
“Capri-Revolution,” Dir. Mario Martone
“What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?”, Dir. Roberto Minervini
“Sunset,” Dir. Laszlo Nemes
“Freres Ennemis,” Dir. David Oelhoffen
“Neustro Tiempo,” Dir. Carlos Reygadas
“At Eternity’s Gate,” Dir. Julian Schnabel
“Killing,” Dir. Shinya Tsukamoto

OUT OF COMPETITION

SPECIAL EVENT

“The Other Side Of The Wind,” Dir. Orson Welles
“They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead,” Dir. Morgan Neville

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

“My Brilliant Friend,” Dir.  Saverio Costanzo
“Il Diario Di Angela – Noi Due Cineasti,” Dir.  Yervant Gianikian

FICTION

“Una Storia Senza Nome,” Dir. Roberto Andò
“Les Estivants,” Dir. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
“A Star Is Born,” Dir. Bradley Cooper
“Mi Obra Maestra,” Dir. Gaston Duprat
“A Tramway in Jerusalem,” Dir. Amos Gitai
“Un Peuple et Son Roi,” Dir. Pierre Schoeller
“La Quietud,” Dir. Pablo Trapero
“Dragged Across Concrete,” Dir. S. Craig Zahler
“Shadow,” Dir. Zhang Yimou

NON-FICTION

“A Letter to a Friend In Gaza,” Dir. Amos Gitai
“Aquarela,” Dir. Victor Kossakovsky
“El Pepe, Una Vida Suprema,” Dir.  Emir Kusturica
“Process,” Dir. Sergei Loznitsa
“Carmine Street Guitars,” Dir. Ron Mann
“Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls Of Mosul,” Dir.  Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi
“American Dharma,” Dir. Errol Morris
“Introduzione All’Oscuro,” Dir. Gaston Solnicki
“1938 Diversi,” Dir. Giorgio Treves
“Your Face,” Dir. Tsai Ming-Liang
“Monrovia, Indiana,” Dir. Frederick Wieseman

What do you think of the Venice Film Festival Lineup? Let us know which films you’re most excited for in the comment below!

The 75th Annual Venice Film Festival runs from August 29th, 2018 to September 8th, 2018.