The films of Aronofsky and Iñarritu at the Venice Film Festival

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FILE – Olivia Wilde, director and cast member of the upcoming ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ film arrives for the Warner Bros. Pictures at CinemaCon 2022 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in Las Vegas. “The Whale” by Darren Aronofsky, “Blonde”, the drama by Marilyn Monroe, “Bardo, false chronicle of a handful of truths” by Alejandro González Iñárritu and “Bones and All” by Luca Guadigino, with Timothée Chalamet, will have all of their world premieres in competition at the Venice International Film Festival this fall. Festival director Alberto Barbera unveiled the star-studded lineup on Tuesday, July 26, which includes the out-of-competition debut of Olivia Wilde’s mid-century spirit “Don’t Worry Darling.” (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

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“The Whale” by Darren Aronofsky, “Blonde”, the drama by Marilyn Monroe, “Bardo, false chronicle of a handful of truths” by Alejandro González Iñárritu and “Bones and All” by Luca Guadagnino, with Timothée Chalamet, will have all of their world premieres in competition at the Venice International Film Festival this fall.

Festival director Alberto Barbera unveiled the star-studded lineup on Tuesday morning, which includes the out-of-competition debut of Olivia Wilde’s mid-century spirit “Don’t Worry Darling” with Harry Styles and Florence Pugh. The impressive international line-up will draw stars and awards hopefuls to the Lido for the 79th edition of the world’s oldest film festival.

As in years past, Netflix will cause a stir with four major titles playing in the main competition. It’s Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde,” starring Ana de Armas and based on Joyce Carol Oates’ book about the inner life of Hollywood icon Monroe; the adaptation by Noah Baumbach of “White Noise” by Don DeLillo, with Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, which will open the festival on August 31; The new film Iñárritu about a Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker; and Romain Gavras’ “Athena”, about three siblings in chaos after the death of their youngest sibling.

The Lido has become a prime location for Netflix to launch its awards hopes. Last year, the streamer made his debut with Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” which ultimately won him the Best Director Oscar.

Many films that have been shown in Venice over the past decade have won the Best Director Oscar, including Chloé Zhao with ‘Nomadland’, Alfonso Cuarón with ‘Roma’ and ‘Gravity’, Guillermo del Toro with ‘The Shape of Water,” Damien Chazelle with “La La Land” and Iñarritu with “Birdman.”

There are 23 films in total in competition, including A24’s Aronofosky’s ‘The Whale’, starring Brendan Fraser as a morbidly obese man trying to reconnect with his teenage daughter, played by ‘Stranger Things “Sadie Sink. Aronofsky also brought ‘Black Swan’ to the Lido in 2010. Guadagnino’s ‘Bones and All’, from MGM and Amazon, about young love, a road trip and trying to move past your past, reworks the director with his ‘Call Me By Your Name”. star and regular at Venice Chalamet.

This is not the group’s only cinematic meeting. There’s also Joanna Hogg’s “The Eternal Daughter” with Tilda Swinton, and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” follow-up “The Banshees Of Inisherin,” from Searchlight, with Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell playing friends. long time on a remote control. island.

“The Son” by Florian Zeller, with Vanessa Kirby, Laura Dern and Hugh Jackman, is also among the titles in competition. Adapted from his own play, Sony’s ‘The Son’ is part of a trilogy that includes his Oscar winner ‘The Father’. Todd Field also has “TÁR”, with Cate Blanchett as a renowned composer and the first female conductor of a major German orchestra. Focus Features releases the drama in theaters on October 7.

The famous Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi will present his new film “No Bears” in competition. Last week, Panahi was sentenced to serve a six-year prison term as the government seeks to silence critics amid economic turbulence and mounting political pressure. Four Iranian films are showing in all sections this year, including “Beyond the Wall” by Vahid Jalilvand.

Barbera said Panahi and the other imprisoned Iranian filmmakers were “solely guilty of exercising their right to freedom of expression.”

Documentary maker Frederick Wiseman has the narrative film “A Couple.” And Laura Poitras will also present her documentary “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” in competition.

The main jury for this year’s competition is led by Julianne Moore and includes French director Audrey Diwan, whose film “Happening” won the Golden Lion last year, author Kazuo Ishiguro (“Never Let Me Go”) and Iranian actress Leila Hatami (“A Separation”).

Aside from Warner Bros.’ “Don’t Worry Darling,” other films debuting out of competition include Walter Hill’s “Dead For a Dollar,” starring Willem Dafoe and Christoph Waltz; Bill Pohlad “Dreamin’ Wild”, with Casey Affleck and Walton Goggins playing the musical duo Donnie and Joe Emerson; “Master Gardener” by Paul Schrader with Joel Edgerton and Sigourney Weaver; and Ti West’s “Pearl” featuring Mia Goth. ‘Hoop Dreams’ director Steve James is also coming to the Lido for the first time with his new documentary ‘A Compassionate Spy’ and Oliver Stone will be there with ‘Nuclear’.

Venice, which runs from August 31 to September 10, is just the first of many fall film festivals that will help narrow the playing field for the awards season ahead. The Toronto International Film Festival begins shortly after on September 8, followed by the Telluride Film Festival on September 15 and the New York Film Festival on September 30.

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