Venice 2020 Line-Up: New Films By Chloé Zhao, Luca Guadagnino, Kiyoshi Kurosawa & More

The world’s oldest film festival will be the first to happen physically since the coronavirus pandemic began. This morning in Rome, the line-up of the forthcoming 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival was announced in full, six weeks ahead of its planned opening. It’s almost contrary to recent years where the festival would be overshadowed by the scale of the announcements of TIFF, its overseas competitor (which is yet to announce the line-up of its more humble edition) – both festivals collaborating on their selections instead.

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It’s also a major contrast to what appeared to be a rather reactionary line-up in 2019, generating controversy with its inclusion of Roman Polanski, and only two women directors in competition (Haifaa Al-Mansour, Shannon Murphy). This year however the festival has eight films by women in its main competition, compared to last year’s meager representation.

Cate Blanchett will head up the 2020 international jury, which includes British director Joanna Hogg, French actress Ludivine Sagnier, Austrian filmmaker Veronika Franz, German director Christian Petzold, Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu and Italian writer Nicola Lagioia.

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There are some exciting titles both in and out of competition, not least of all Chloé Zhao with her third film “Nomadland,” which was revealed yesterday, as well as Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Wife of a Spy,” and Gia Coppola’s “Mainstream.” The Out of Competiton and Non-Fiction sections are particularly fascinating – director Alice Rohrwacher Jr (“Happy As Lazzaro”)’s “Omelia Contadina,” as well as Frederick Wiseman’s “City Hall,” Abel Ferrara’s “Sportin’ Life,” and… a new documentary co-directed by Orson Welles and Dennis Hopper? A strange year indeed.

You can read the full Venice 2020 line-up below:


In Between Dying – Hilal Baydarov

Le Sorelle Macaluso –Emma Dante

The World To Come – Mona Fastvold

Nuevo Orden – Michel Franco

Lovers – Nicole Garcia

Laila in Haifa – Amos Gitai

Dear Comrades – Andrei Konchalovsky

Wife Of A Spy – Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Sun Children – Majid Majidi

Pieces Of A Woman – Kornel Mundruczo

Miss Marx – Susanna Nicchiarelli

Padrenostro – Claudio Noce

Notturno – Gianfranco Rosi

Never Gonna Snow Again – Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert

The Disciple – Chaitanya Tamhane

And Tomorrow The Entire World – Julia Von Heinz

Quo Vadis, Aida? – Jasmila Zbanic

Nomadland – Chloé Zhao


Apples – Christos Nikou

La Troisième Guerre – Giovanni Aloi

Milestone – Ivan Ayr

The Wasteland – Ahmad Bahrami

The Man Who Sold His Skin – Kaouther Ben Hania

I Predatori – Pietro Castellitto

Mainstream – Gia Coppola

Genus Pan – Lav Diaz

Zanka Contact – Ismael El Iraki

Guerra E Pace – Martina Parenti, Massimo D’Anolfi

La Nuit Des Rois – Philippe Lacôte

The Furnace – Roderick Mackay

Careless Crime – Shahram Mokri

Gaza Mon Amour –Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser

Selva Tragica – Yulene Olaizola

Nowhere Special, – Uberto Pasolini

Listen – Ana Rocha de Sousa

The Best Is Yet To Come – Wang Jing

Yellow Cat – Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Out of Competiton – Special Screenings

30 Monedas, Episode 1 – Alex de la Iglesia

Princesse Europe – Camille Lotteau

Omelia Contadina – Alice Rohrwacher, JR

Out Of Competition – Narrative

Lacci – Daniele Lucheti

Lasciami Andare – Stefano Mordini

Mandibules, dir: Quentin Dupieux

Love After Love – Ann Hui

Assandira – Salvatore Mereu

The Duke – Roger Michell

Night In Paradise – Park Soon-jung

Mosquito State – Filip Jan Rymsza

Out Of Competition – Documentary

Sportin’ Life – Abel Ferrara

Crazy, Not Insane – Alex Gibney

Greta – Nathan Grossman

Salvatore, Shoemaker Of Dreams – Luca Guadagnino

Final Account – Luke Holland

La Verita Su La Dolce Vita – Giuseppe Pedersoli

Molecole – Andrea Segre

Narciso Em Ferias – Renato Terra, Ricardo Calil

Paulo Conte, Via Con Me – Giorgio Verdelli

Hopper/Welles – Orson Welles

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Following the cancellation of Cannes 2020, many questions have been asked about the festival slate as well as the awards season – Venice and Toronto both considered a sort of launchpad. Far more than recent years, it’s a line-up that feels interested in the discovery of a diverse set of works. More encouraging still is the newfound collaborative spirit between international festivals, with yesterday’s news that Venice and TIFF, as well as the Telluride and New York Film Festivals, will all be working on simultaneous screenings of “Nomadland,” which now finds itself to be one of the highest-profile releases of the festival season. Funny what happens when studio content is thinned out.