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The Hollywood Insider would like to wish all the participants at the Venice Film Festival 2022, a huge congrats and best of luck. We fully support the Venice Film Festival’s continued celebration of Cinema from all over the world. 

What to Know About the Annual Venice Film Festival

On Wednesday, August 31, the annual Venice Film Festival will have its 79th year of celebrating Cinema from around the world. For eleven days, films both competing and out of competition will premiere in Venice, Italy to present all kinds of films from a slate of well-known to lesser recognized directors. Before exploring the categories, films, and overall entries into the 79th Venice Film Festival, let us retrace our steps and go back to the origin of the Venice Film Festival and what exactly it is. 

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The Venice Film Festival is an annual festival that is held in Venice, Italy, one of five major film festivals around the world. The festival has been around for nearly a decade, coming into fruition in 1932 by the National Facist Party of Italy. It is a part of the Venice Biennale, an exhibition that celebrates the art of Italy. The Venice Biennale is known to present art forms such as theater, Cinema, dance, music, and architecture from around the world. All screenings for the Venice Film Festival take place on Lido Island in the Palazzo del Cinema

The last winner of the Golden Lion was the French film ‘Happening’ directed by Audrey Diwan and the last United States’ film to win the award was ‘Nomadland’ directed by Chloé Zhao

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Juliane Moore Nominated as 79th Annual Venice Film Festival 2022 Jury President 

For this year’s Venice Film Festival, Juliane Moore has been nominated as the president of the International Jury of the Competition. The president of the International Jury Competition’s job is to oversee the entire film judging process, which decides what films will receive the Golden Lion and other awards.  Moore is best known for her roles in ‘Boogie Nights’, ‘Children of Men’, and ‘Magnolia’. She has been active in Hollywood since the 1980s with roles on shows such as ‘The Edge of Night’.

The other members of the International Jury are Mariano Cohn, the Argentinian director, screenwriter, and producer; Leonardo Di Constanzo, the Italian director, and screenwriter; Audrey Diwan, a French director; Leila Hatami, an Iranian actress; Kazuo Ishiguro, a Japanese and British author, and screenwriter; and Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Spanish director, screenwriter, and producer. 

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Pritan Ambroase – CEO of The Hollywood Insider Provides a Statement in Support of Venice Film Festival 

Ambroase states, “Cinema. I live for Cinema. My love, passion and respect for Cinema and Venice Film Festival has compelled me to write this letter. Long Live Cinema. Long Live Movie Theaters. Long Live Venice Film Festival. To me, there is Cinema, and the Venice Film Festival is the celebration of Cinema. Cinema and Venice Film Festival are synonymous with each other. Hence, my letter will speak on both, my passion for Cinema and my respect for the Venice Film Festival. They are incomplete without each other. The Venice Film Festival has kept Cinema at the high level of art it is today. It has curated, protected, and defended Cinema for the sake of us all – since 1932, making it the oldest film festival, Cinema celebrator, in the world. I appreciate the Venice Film Festival for being the beginning of such festivals all over the world. Venice is the precursor to Cannes. Without the Venice Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, and the Academy Awards, etc, we would be drowning in sequels and a complete lack of originality. Films would be made purely for monetary profits without art or passion ever being considered as one of the primary motivations. Sure, finances are always going to be one of the guiding factors, but art and passion should be equally, if not more, important. For that reason and more, I thank the Venice Film Festival. Italy has long been the land that cultivates art, which includes Cinema and fashion. Venice Film Festival combines those two elements into a brilliant show of elegance, glamour and talent – it has rightfully achieved its status as the most glamorous film festival in the world. Knowing Venice’s past with luxury, glamour, and pageantry, this is hardly surprising. The magical city that has gloriously showcased the Carnavale di Venezia (Carnival of Venice) for centuries is definitely the right place for the momentous Venice Film Festival.”

Walter Hill Receiving the Cartier Glory to the Filmmaker Award

For this year’s Cartier Glory to the Filmmaker Award, La Biennale di Venezia has announced that director/writer/producer Walter Hill will be bestowed with the honor of receiving it. The Cartier Glory to the Filmmaker Award is an award first introduced in 2006 and is given to a person who has made a significant contribution to contemporary cinema”. The recipient of the award this year, Walter Hill, is best known for his directorial works such as ‘The Warriors’ and ‘48 Hrs.’. Hill’s upcoming film, ‘Dead for a Dollar’, starring Christoph Waltz and Willem Dafoe, will premiere out of competition at the Venice Film Festival after he will receive this honor. 

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The Introduction of XR Venice Immersive–The Category for Other Types of Media 

In the 2022 Venice Film Festival, a new category has been added in order to better encapsulate the ever-changing media produced in the world: Virtual Reality. The section is set to include projects created around Virtual Reality including 360-degree videos, XR works, and other virtual pieces of art. There are forty-four projects listed: “seven 360 degree videos, twenty Standup VR projects, eleven Installations, five VR worlds on VR chat, [and] one Special Screening Event”. 

It is incredible to see the Venice Film Festival include such projects as virtually created art because these are pieces that deserve just as much recognition as the films or other pieces of art being presented. It is a breath of fresh air to see the festival acknowledging the ever-changing landscape of art in today’s virtual heavy world and how we’ve moved into new territory when it comes to creating powerful art. 

Out of the Competition–‘Don’t Worry Darling’

‘Don’t Worry Darling’ is an Out of Competition film being shown at the Venice Film Festival directed by Oliva Wilde and starring Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Sydney Chandler, Gemma Chan, Kiki Layne, Nick Kroll, and Douglas Smith. The film is a psychological thriller about a young couple in the 1950s living in a small town in California when strange occurrences begin when Jack, played by Harry Styles, joins a strange new company. The film is set to release to the public on September 23, 2022. 

The film gained a significant amount of popularity before a trailer was ever released for both the speculation around Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles’ relationship and the firing of the former lead actor, Shia Labeouf, from the film. Labeouf was fired after being difficult to the cast and crew, especially Florence Pugh. Wilde originally wanted Styles for the lead before Labeouf but could not participate since he was originally going on tour before COVID-19. 

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‘The Whale’

‘The Whale’ is an upcoming 2022 film competing in the Venice Film Festival directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Ty Simpkins, and Samantha Morton. The film is based on the Samuel D. Hunter play of the same name and tells the story of an obese English teacher named Charlie trying to reconnect with his teen daughter named Ellie. Charlie lost connection to his family after leaving them for his lover who would later die. The film is being produced by A24 and will make its debut at the Venice Film Festival. 

After making a small appearance return to the screen in ‘No Sudden Move’ in 2021, it appears this will be Brendan Fraser’s first leading performance in a film in nearly a decade. Fraser’s co-star, Sadie Sink, is best known for her role as Max in the ongoing Netflix original series, ‘Stranger Things’

‘White Noise’

‘White Noise’ is a 2022 film competing in the Venice Film Festival directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver, Raffey Cassidy, Lars Eidinger, André 3000, and Don Cheadle. ‘White Noise’ will be the opening film at the Venice Film Festival and is a black comedy horror film adapted from the 1985 novel of the same name. It follows Jack, played by Jack Gladney, a professor and father of four as he deals with the aftermath of a terrible train accident that causes toxic waste to spread across his town. 

The film will be director Noah Baumbach’s first time writing and directing an adaptation of a book. Noah Baumbach had recently worked with Adam Driver on ‘Marriage Story’ which also starred Scarlett Johanson. ‘White Noise’ is set to be released to the public later this year on Netflix. 

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‘Blonde’ is an upcoming 2022 film competing in the Venice Film Festival directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Sara Paxton, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, and Julianne Nicholson. It is a biographical psychological drama adaptation of a novel of the same name. It follows the story of Norma Jeane, also known as Marilyn Monroe, and her life in the industry. The film apparently includes elements of fiction and reality into the story, blending the two together to create something entirely new. 

Venezia 79: Competition

“Il Signore delle Formiche,” Gianni Amelio

“The Whale,” Darren Aronofsky

“White Noise,” Noah Baumbach

“L’immensità,” Emanuele Crialese

“Saint Omer,” Alice Diop

“Blonde,” Andrew Dominik

“Tár,” Todd Field

“Love Life,” Koji Fukada

“Athena,” Romain Gavras

“Bones and All,” Luca Guadagnino

“The Eternal Daughter,” Joanna Hogg

“Bardo,” Alejandro Iñárritu

“Shab, Dakheli, Divar,” Vahid Jalilvand

“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Martin McDonagh

“Argentina, 1985,” Santiago Mitre

“Chiara,” Susanna Nicchiarelli

“Monica,” Andrea Pallaoro

“Khers Nist,” Jafar Panahi

“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed,” Laura Poitras

“Un Couple,” Frederick Wiseman

“The Son,” Florian Zeller

“Les Miens,” Roschdy Zem

“Les Enfants des Autres,” Rebecca Zlotowski

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Out of Competition, Fiction

“The Hanging Sun,” Francesco Carrozzini

“Kapag Wala Nang Mga Alon (When the Waves are Gone),” Lav Diaz

“Living,” Oliver Hermanus

“Dead for a Dollar,” Walter Hill

“Kone Taevast (Call of God),” Kim Ki-duk

“Dreamin’ Wild,” Bill Pohlad

“Master Gardener,” Paul Schrader

“Siccità,” Paolo Virzì

“Pearl,” Ti West

“Don’t Worry Darling,” Olivia Wilde

Out of Competition, Nonfiction

“Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” Evgeny Afineevsky, Alex Kashpur

“The Matchmaker,” Benedetta Argentieri

“Gli Ultima Giorni Dell’Umanità,” Enrico Ghezzi, Alessandro Gagliardo

“A Compassionate Spy,” Steve James

“Music for Black Pigeons,” Jorgen Leth, Andreas Koefoed

“The Kiev Trial,” Sergei Loznitsa

“In Viaggio,” Gianfranco Rosi

“Bobi Wine Ghetto President,” Christopher Sharp, Moses Bwayo

“Nuclear,” Oliver Stone

Out Of Competition – Special Screenings

La Biennale Di Venezia: Il Cinema Al Tempo Del Covid (It)

Dir. Andrea Segre

Le 7 Giornate Di Bergamo (It)

Dir. Simona Ventura

Out of Competition, Series

“Riget Exodus,” Lars von Trier

“Copenhagen Cowboy,” Nicolas Winding Refn


“Princess,” Roberto de Paolis

“Victim,” Michal Blanko

“On the Fringe,” Juan Diego Botto

“Trenque Lauquen,” Laura Citarella

“Vera,” Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel

“Innocence,” Guy Davidi

“Blanquita,” Fernando Guzzoni

“Pour La France (For My Country,” Rachid Hami

“A Man,” Kei Ishikawa

“Bread and Salt,” Damian Kocur

“Luxembourg, Luxembourg,” Antonio Lukich

“Ti Mangio IL Cuore,” Pippo Mezzapesa

“To the North,” Mihai Mincan

“Autobiography,” Makbul Mubarak

“La Syndicaliste (The Sitting Duck),” Jean-Paul Salomé

“World War III,” Houman Seyedi

“The Happiest Man in the World,” Teona Strugar Mitevska

“The Bride,” Sérgio Tréfaut

Horizons/Orizzonti Extra

“Origin of Evil,” Sébastien Marnier

“Hanging Gardens,” Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji

“Amanda,” Carolina Cavalli

“Red Shoes,” Carlos Eichelmann Kaiser

“Nezouh,” Soudade Kaadan

“Notte Fantasma,” Fulvio Risuleo

“Without Her,” Arian Vazirdaftari

“Valeria Is Getting Married,” Michal Vinik

“Goliath,” Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Out of Competition, Short Films

“Camarera de Piso,” Lucrecia Martel

“A Guerra Finita,” Simone Massi

“In Quanto a Noi,” Simone Massi

“Look At Me,” Sally Potter

Orizzonti Competition

“Obet’ (Victim),” Michal Blaško

“En Los Márgenes,” Juan Diego Botto

“Trenque Lauquen,” Laura Citarella

“Vera,” Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel

“Innocence,” Guy Davidi

“Princess,” Roberto de Paolis

“Blanquita,” Fernando Guzzoni

“Pour La France” Rachid Hami

“Aru Otoko,” Kei Ishikawa

“Chleb I Sól,” Damian Kocur

“Luxembourg, Luxembourg,” Antonio Lukich

“Ti Mangio Il Cuore,” Pippo Mezzapesa

“To the North,” Mihai Mincan

“Autobiography,” Makbul Mubarak

“La Syndicaliste,” Jean-Paul Salomé

“Jang-e Jahani Sevom,” Houman Seyedi

“Najsrekniot Čovek Na Svetot (The Happiest Man in the World),” Teona Strugar Mitevska

“A Noiva,” Sérgio Tréfaut

Orizzonti Competition, Short Films

“Christopher at Sea,” Tom CJ Brown

“Manuale Di Cinematografia Per Dilettanti – Vol. 1,” Federico Di Corato

“Tria – Del Sentimento Del Tradire,” Giulia Grandinetti

“Nocomodo,” Lola Halifa-Legrand

“Rutubet,” Turan Haste

“Snow in September,” Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir

“Please Hold the Line,” Ce Ding Tan

“The Fruit Tree,” Isabelle Tollenaere

“III,” Salomé Villeneuve

“Love Forever,” Clare Young

“My Girlfriend,” Kawthar Younis

“Alt På En Gang,” Henrik Dyb Zwart

XR Venice Immersive 

In Competition

“Ascenders,” Jonathan Astruc and Jonathana Tamene

“Tu Vivras, Mon Fils,” Voctira Bousis

“Reimagined Volume 1: Nyssa,” Julia Cavaliere and Michaele Holland

“Rencontre(s),” Mathias Chelebourg

“The Man Who Couldn’t Leave,” Chen Singing

“All Unsaved Progress Will Be Lost,” Mélanie Courtinat

“Eurydice, Een Afdaling in Oneindigheid [Eurydice, A Descent into Infinity],” Celine Daemen

“Okawari,” Landia Egal and Amaury Burthie

“Dazzle: A Re-Assembly of Bodies,” Ruth Gibson, Bruno Martelli, Alexa Pollmann, and Bine Roth

“Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom,” Russell Harding, Tim Jones, and Marcus Moresby

“From the Main Square,” Pedro Harres

“Sorella’s Story,” Peter Hegedus

“Eggscape,” German Heller, Jorge Tereso, and Federico Heller

“Typeman,” Keisuke Itoh

“Kindred,” Bambou Kenneth

“Shineui Bang [Poet’s Room],” Bomsok Ku

“Gumball Dreams,” Deirdre V. Lyons and Christopher Davis

“Namuanki,” Kevin MAck

“Tmání [Darkening],” Ondrej Moravec

“All That Remains,” Quintero Craig

“Rock Paper Scissors,” Alex Ruhl

“Thank You For Sharing Your World,” Yu Sakudo and Toshiaki Hanzaki

“Eternelle, Notre Dame,” Bruno Seillier

“Framerate: Pulse of the Earth,” Matthew Shaw and William Trossell

“Mrs. Benz: Vojace of Discovery,” Eloise Singer

“Uncanny Alley,” Rick Treweek

“Fight Back,” Celine Tricart

“Treasure Heist,” Luan Trinh

“Mandala: A Brief Moment in Time,” Thomse Villepoux

“Red Tail,” Wang Fish”

Out of Competition: Best of Venice Immersive (international selection of the best XR works presented since the 2021 edition) 

“On the Morning You Wake (to the End of the World),” Mike Brett, Steve Jamison, Pierre Zandrowicz, and Arnaud Colinart

“(Hi)story of a Painting: The Light in the Shadow,” Quentin Darras and Gaelle Mourre

“Area Man Lives,” Amy Green and Ryan Green

“Lustration,” Ryan Griffen

“Alex Honnold: The Soloist VR,” Jonathan Griffith

“Space Explorers: The ISS Experience: Episode 3, Unite,” Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphael

“Space Explorers: The ISS Experience: Spacewalkers,” Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphael

“Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough,” Iona McEwan

“The Miracle Basket,” Abner Preis

“Shores of Loci,” Ellen Utrecht, James Sundra, Dani Bittman, and Daisy Berns

Biennale College Cinema: Out of Competition 

“Elele,” Sjoerd Van Acker

“Firat Sezgin, Ecegul Bayram,” produced with a grant from Biennale College Cinema VR

“Mono,” Chiara Troisi, developed during the Biennale College Cinema VR

“Chroma,” Tsang Tsui-Shan, developed during the Biennale College Cinema VR

Worlds Gallery

“Adrift,” MERC

“Baroque Cathedral,” OPCherry

“Cava Okinawa,” Tokoyoshi

“Cue,” ob4k3

“Disconnected: Video Feedback World,” MomoTheMaster

“District Roboto,” Fins

“Dreams,” Zanderthaw

“Dubrovinik Main Street and Old Part,” nobelchoco

“Fire Tornado,” BigChickenLover

“Fractal Explorer,” ikamon

“Fractal Explorer,” 1001 by 1001

“Fractal Love,” pema99

“Friction [!] Function: Particle Live,” Norimaki

“Initium,” Artsy Glitch

“LLL Silent Dawn Release Party,” PK

“Magic Heist,” Fins

“Night Church,” OPCherry

“Olympia Nights,” DrMorro

“Organism,” DrMorro

“Oxymore,” VRrOOm

“Particle Live Fixer,” ฅらいちちゃんฅ

“Shadow Factory,” emymin

“The Dice Dimension,” FlyingFly

“The Dinosaur Bone Gallery Museum,” topgunsi

“The Great Inventor Escape,” FlowersRite花之祭P

“The Rat King,” _Digital

“Venice Basilica Salute,” nobelchoco

“Venice Canal Widmann,” nobelchoco

“VMV CC TYPE 01,” skkn


Special Event: Out of Competition 

“We Met in Virtual Reality,” Joe Hunting

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Click here to read The Hollywood Insider’s CEO Pritan Ambroase’s love letter to Cinema, TV and Media. An excerpt from the love letter: The Hollywood Insider’s CEO/editor-in-chief Pritan Ambroase affirms, We have the space and time for all your stories, no matter who/what/where you are. Media/Cinema/TV have a responsibility to better the world and The Hollywood Insider will continue to do so. Talent, diversity and authenticity matter in Cinema/TV, media and storytelling. In fact, I reckon that we should announce “talent-diversity-authenticity-storytelling-Cinema-Oscars-Academy-Awards” as synonyms of each other. We show respect to talent and stories regardless of their skin color, race, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality, etc., thus allowing authenticity into this system just by something as simple as accepting and showing respect to the human species’ factual diversity. We become greater just by respecting and appreciating talent in all its shapes, sizes, and forms. Award winners, which includes nominees, must be chosen on the greatness of their talent ALONE.

I am sure I am speaking for a multitude of Cinema lovers all over the world when I speak of the following sentiments that this medium of art has blessed me with. Cinema taught me about our world, at times in English and at times through the beautiful one-inch bar of subtitles. I learned from the stories in the global movies that we are all alike across all borders. Remember that one of the best symbols of many great civilizations and their prosperity has been the art they have left behind. This art can be in the form of paintings, sculptures, architecture, writings, inventions, etc. For our modern society, Cinema happens to be one of them. Cinema is more than just a form of entertainment, it is an integral part of society. I love the world uniting, be it for Cinema, TV, media, art, fashion, sport, etc. Please keep this going full speed.

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