2019 Venice Film Festival Lineup: ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Joker’ in Competition

The Venice Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 76th edition, which is set to start rolling from August 29. Festival director Alberto Barbera unveiled the list of titles in Rome on Thursday. The prestigious competition section includes a number of Academy Award hopefuls such as ‘The Laundromat,’ starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, ‘Joker,’ with Joaquin Phoenix playing the legendary villain, and ‘Ad Astra,’ which sends Brad Pitt into the outer space for a sci-fi adventure. Venice is the second major film festival that unveiled the lineup for this award season after Toronto International Film Festival.

Apart from ‘The Laundromat’ and ‘Joker,’ competition section also features ‘Marriage Story,’ starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as a couple whose marriage is in rough seas, ‘Guest of Honor’ from Atom Egoyan, Olivier Assayas’ spy thriller, ‘Wasp Network,’ starring Penelope Cruz and Gael Garcia Bernal, Roy Anderson’s ‘About Endlessness,’ and ‘The Perfect Candidate,’ from Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour. by Sweden’s Roy Andersson.

The hotly anticipated biopic ‘Seberg,’ starring Kristen Stewart as actress Jean Seberg, will screen out of competition along with the Netflix film ‘The King’ from David Michod starring Timothée Chalamet, Robert Pattinson and Lily-Rose Depp. Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The New Pope‘ and the Italian series ‘ZeroZeroZero’ will also premiere in Venice. Palme d’Or-winner Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest flick ‘The Truth’ will open the festival as the first non-Hollywood inaugural film in recent past. Italian director Giuseppe Capotondi’s heist thriller ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy,’ starring Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Debicki, Claes Bang and Donald Sutherland, will close the festival.

Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel will head the competition jury. Martel, who is known for ‘Zama’ and ‘La Ciénaga,’ is the seventh woman to hold the position in the festival’s 76-year-long run. The top prizes include the Golden Lion for best film, the Grand Special Jury Prize, the Silver Lion for best director, the Special Jury Prize, the Volpi Cup for best actor and actress, the best screenplay honor, and the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best young actor or actress. The 76th Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 to September 7. Check out the full lineup below. (Cover Image Courtesy: Fox, ‘Ad Astra’)

Opening Film
The Truth, Hirokazu Kore-eda

Closing Film
The Burnt Orange Heresy, Giuseppe Capotondi

The Truth, Hirokazu Kore-eda
The Perfect Candidate, Haifaa Al-Mansour
About Endlessness, Roy Andersson
Wasp Network, Olivier Assayas
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
Guest of Honour, Atom Egoyan
Ad Astra, James Gray
A Herdade, Tiago Guedes
Gloria Mundi, Robert Guediguian
Waiting for the Barbarians, Ciro Guerra
Ema, Pablo Larrain
Saturday Fiction, Lou Ye
Martin Eden, Pietro Marcello
La Mafia Non E Piu Quella Di Una Volta, Franco Maresco
The Painted Bird, Vaclav Marhoul
Il Sindaco del Rione Sanita, Mario Martone
Babyteeth, Shannon Murphy
Joker, Todd Phillips
J’accuse, Roman Polanski
The Laundromat, Steven Soderbergh
No. 7 Cherry Lane, Yonfan

Out of Competition Special Events
The Burnt Orange Heresy, Giuseppe Capotondi
Goodbye, Dragon Inn, Tsai Ming-Ling
No One Left Behind, Guillermo Arriaga
Electric Swan, Konstantina Kotzamani
Irreversible- Inversion Integrale, Gaspar Noe
ZeroZeroZero, Stefano Sollima
The New Pope, Paolo Sorrentino
Never Just a Dream: Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut, Matt Wells
Seberg, Benedict Andrews
Vivere, Francesca Archibugi
Mosul, Matthew Michael Carnahan
Adults in the Room, Costa-Gavras
The King, David Michod
Tutto Il Mio Folle Amore, Gabriele Salvatores

Out of Competition – Non Fiction
Woman, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Anastasia Mikova
Roger Waters Us + Them, Sean Evans, Roger Waters
Citizen K, Alex Gibney
I Diari di Angela – Noi Due Cineaste. Capitolo Secondo, Tervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi
Citizen Rosi, Didi Gnocchi, Carolina Rosi
The Kingmaker, Lauren Greenfield
State Funeral, Sergei Loznitsa
Collective, Alexander Nanau
45 Seconds of Laughter, Tim Robbins
Il Pianeta In Mare, Andrea Segre

Chiara Ferragni – Unposted, Elisa Amoruso
Once More Unto the Breach, Federico Ferrone, Michele Manzolini
The Scarecrows, Nouri Bouzid
Effetto Domino, Alessandro Rossetto

Horizons Competition
Pelican Blood, Katrin Gebbe (Opening Film)
Blanco en Blanco, Theo Court
Mes Jours de Gloire, Antoine de Bary
Nevia, Nunzia de Stefano
Moffie, Oliver Hermanus
Have, Maryam, Ayesha, Sahraa Karimi
Rialto, Peter Mackie Burns
The Criminal Man, Dmitry Mamuliya
Giants Being Lonely, Great Patterson
Verdict, Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
Just 6.5, Saeed Roustaee
Zumiriki, Oskar Alegria
Un Fils, Mehdi M. Barsaoui
Shadow of Water, Sasidharan Sanal Kumar
Sole, Carlo Sironi
Madre, Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Ballon, Pema Tseden
Atlantis, Valentyn Vasyanovych.