Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, at its 74th edition
The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organises retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.
The Festival is now in its 74th edition, with a screening schedule that includes 11 days of programming, various entertainments, and retrospectives to major figures.
In addition to marking the return of Italian cinema, this edition will feature an all-star program of international guests including George Clooney, Matt Damon and Jennifer Lawrence. Vying for the Golden Lion this year are 21 world premieres featuring dominant themes such as family and immigration. In particular, following the opening of the fest with Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, other notable blockbusters include Human Flow directed by Ai Weiwei, and Darren Aronofsky’s psychodrama Mother!, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Other must-sees are George Clooney’s Suburbicon and The Shape of Water directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Among the innovations announced, this year’s festival will see an unusual role reversal. For the first time in Venice, a patron rather than a patroness has been chosen to host the festival, and this year, after an 11-year run of male presidents, the position of Jury President will be held by a woman. American actress, Annette Bening a four-time Oscar nominee (The Grifters, 1991; American Beauty, 1999; Being Julia, 2004 and The Kids Are All Right, 2010), has been named President of the jury, while Alessandro Borghi, one of the leading figures of the new generation of Italian actors, has been chosen to host the opening and closing events of the Festival.
The addition of a new competitive section titled ‘Venice Virtual Reality’ dedicated to films made for virtual-reality viewing is also noteworthy. The Venice Biennale, the umbrella under which the Film Festival falls, has decreed that virtual reality is an emerging art form and deserves both its own competition and an ad hoc theatre, the ‘VR Theatre’ created in 2016 at the Lido’s Palazzo del Casinò.
Palazzo delle Biennale and PalaBiennale
Island of Venezia Lido (the beach of Venice)