AUGUST 29-SEPTEMBER 8, 2018
LIDO DI VENEZIA, ITALY
The Venice International Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the world founded in 1932, aims to raise awareness and promote international cinema as forms of art, entertainment and as an industry, by emphasising on freedom and initiating dialogue. It also organises retrospectives and pays tribute to yesteryear cinema stalwarts for their contribution to cinema.
The festival encompasses events such as the International Art Exhibition, the International Theatre Festival, the International Architecture Exhibition, the International Festival of Contemporary Music and the International Festival of Contemporary Dance.
The 75th edition will see a majority of films in the ‘Venice Days’ category directed by women. This comes across as an effort to encourage and recognise the works of female filmmakers in genre-defining films.
Written by James R Hansen, First Man explores the journey of Neil Armstrong who was the first man to land on the moon. It traces one of NASA’s toughest missions and is set during 1961-1969. The film is directed by Academy Award-winner Damien Chazelle and stars Ryan Gosling in the lead role.
33rd Venice Critics’ Week
Co-directed by Rai Anil Barve and Adesh Prasad, the horror-fantasy-thriller film is set in colonial India in the 1920s. The film is based on a journey to explore and untangle an ancient, mysterious secret. It features Sohum Shah in the lead role.
Tunisian director Abdelhamid Bouchnak’s Dachra follows the story of three students who try to unravel a mysterious criminal case dating back to 25 years. Following their investigation, they end up trapped in a small village called Dachra. Yassmine Dimassi, Aziz Jbali and Bilel Slatnia play protagonists.
Adam Und Evelyn
Opening Film (In-competition)
Graves Without A Name
Opening Film (Out of competition)
The Suicide Of Emma Peteers
Women’s Tales (Short films)
The Wedding Singer’s Daughter
Woman At War
At Eternity’s Gate
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Out Of Competition: Special Events
The Other Side of the Wind
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
Out Of Competition: Non-Fiction
Il Diaro Di Angela – Noi Due Cineasti
A Letter to a Friend in Gaza
Out Of Competition: Fiction
Una Storia Senza Nome
A Star Is Born
Sulla Mia Pelle
II Banchiere Anarchico
The Great Buster
Women Making Films: A New Road Movie Through Cinema
The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
Veteran British actress Vanessa Redgrave will be honoured for her contribution to the arts with this Lifetime Achievement award. She is known for her performances in theatre and films.
Franca Sozzani Award
The second Franca Sozzani Award will be conferred on actress-producer Salma Hayek for her contribution to arts and society. This award was established by the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani’s family.
– Titas Chowdhury