Venice Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup (Updating Live)

The Venice International Film Festival is unveiling the films that will screen at this year’s event, which runs Aug. 31-Sept. 10.

Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera and Roberto Cicutto, president of La Biennale di Venezia, the umbrella organization which runs the world’s oldest film fest, are unveiling the 2022 lineup live from the library of the Biennale Historical Archive of Contemporary Arts in Venice in a ceremony being live-streamed on the festival’s website as well as on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Venice was the only major A-list festival not to cancel its in-person event during the coronavirus pandemic, but the 2022 Lido fest looks to be the first since the start of COVID-19 to take place without any restrictions whatsoever after Italy removed its remaining mask rules for cinemas on June 15.

Venice’s 2021 lineup featured such awards-season contenders as Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, which went on to take the best director Oscar for best director; Denis Villeneuve’s six-fold Oscar winner Dune; and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter, which picked up three Oscar nominations following its Lido bow.

Venice however, will have a tough time matching this year’s Cannes line-up, which included the one-two of Hollywood blockbusters Top Gun: Maverick and Elvis alongside such arthouse crowd pleasers as Ruben Östlund’s socially satire, and Palme d’Or Winner, Triangle of Sadness, Park Chan-wook’s South Korean mystery thriller Decision to Leave, and Riley Keough and Gina Gammell’s War Pony.

Noah Baumbach’s Netflix film White Noise, an adaptation of the 1985 Don DeLillo novel starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, will open the 79th Venice Film Festival on August 31, Venice announced Monday. It will mark Baumbach’s return to the Lido three years after his Marriage Story premiered in Venice, en route to picking up six Oscar nominations and one win.

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Over the weekend, Venice unveiled its official poster for the 2022 festival. The artwork, from Italian illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti imagines Venice’s famed Golden Lion as a peaceful lioness —a winking reference, perhaps, to media criticism in recent years over the festival’s lack of female directors in competition — holding up the number 90, a reminder that this year is the 90th anniversary of the first Venice film festival, held in 1932. The festival, founded by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (from 1932-1942 the festival’s top prize for best film was the Mussolini Cup), was suspended during World War II and was not held in 1973, 1977 and 1978.