Venice Film Festival 2017 line-up includes Mother!, Suburbicon, and The Shape of Water

Featuring work from George Clooney, Darren Aronofsky, Guillermo del Toro, and Alexander Payne

Clarisse Loughrey
Thursday 27 July 2017 12:06

Venice Film Festival is shaping up to be an absolute dream this year.

As is often the case, since the festival's September run gives it the perfect position to debut the heaviest Oscar contenders, and officially start the awards race in style. Last year, for example, screened La La Land, Nocturnal Animals, and Jackie.

Though Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is already being touted as an early favourite, the film is about to face some serious competition.

With Alexander Payne's Downsizing opening the festival, Venice is also getting Darren Aronofsky's Mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence; alongside George Clooney's Suburbicon, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of the Water, and Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The festival also has plenty of less awards-buzzy entries that are no less intriguing, including the Kirsten Dunst-starring Woodshock from designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy, plus William Friedkin's exorcism documentary The Devil & Father Amorth.

You can check out the full line-up below.

Official Competition

Human Flow, dir. Ai Weiwei
Mother!, dir. Darren Aronofsky
​Suburbicon, dir. George Clooney
The Shape of Water, dir. Guillermo Del Toro
L'Insulte, dir. Ziad Doueiri
La Villa, dir. Robert Guediguain
Lean on Pete, dir. Andrew Haigh
Mektoub My Love: Canto Uno, ​dir. Abdellatif Kechiche
The Third Murder, dir. Hirokazu Koreeda
​Justqu'a la Garde, dir. Xavier LeGrand
Ammore e Malavita, dir. Manetti Bros
Foxtrot, dir. Samuel Maoz
​Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, dir. Martin McDonagh
Hannah, dir. Andrea Pallaoro
Downsizing, dir. Alexander Payne
Angels Wear White, dir. Vivian Qu
Una Familiga, dir. Sebastiano Riso
First Reformed, dir. Paul Schrader
Sweet Country, dir. Warwick Thornton
The Leisure Seeker, dir. Paolo Virzi
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, dir. Frederick Wiseman


Disappearance, dir. Ali Asgari
Espèces Menacees, dir. Gilles Bourdos
​The Rape of Recy Taylor, dir. Nancy Buirski
Caniba, dir. Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
Les Bienheureux, dir. Sofia Djama
Marvin, dir. Anne Fontaine
Invisible, dir. Pablo Giorgelli
Brutti e Cattivi, dir. Cosimo Gomez
The Cousin, dir. Tzahi Grad
The Testament, dir. Amichai Greenberg
No Date, No Signature, dir. Vahid Jalilvand
Los Versos del Olvido, dir. Alireza Khatami
La Nuit ou J'ai Nage Oyogisugita Yoru, dir. Damien Manivel, Igarashi Kohei
Krieg, dir. Rick Ostermann
West of Sunshine, dir. Jason Raftopoulos
Under the Tree, dir. Hafsteinn Gunna Sigurdsson

Out Of Competition

Our Souls at Night, dir. Ritesh Batra
Casa D'Altri, dir. Gianni Amelio
Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D, dir. John Landis
​Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller, dir. Jerry Kramer
Il Signor Rotpeter, dir. Antonietta De Lillo
Victoria & Abdul, dir. Stephen Frears
La Melodie, dir. Rachid Hami
Outrage Coda, dir. Takeshi Kitano
Loving Pablo, dir. Fernando Leon De Aranoa
Wormwood, dir. Errol Morris
Diva!, dir. Francesco Patierno
The Racer & The Jailbird, dir. Michael R. Roskam
Il Colore Nascosto delle Cose, dir. Silvio Soldini
The Private Life of a Modern Woman, dir. James Toback
Brawl in Cell Block 99, dir. S. Craig Zahler
Cuba and the Cameraman, dir. Jon Alpert
My Generation, dir. David Batty
The Devil and Father Amorth, dir. William Friedkin
Ryuichi Sakamota: Coda, dir. Stephen Nomura Schible
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. The Story of Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman and Tony Clifton, dir. Chris Smith
This is Congo, dir. Daniel McCabe
Piazza Vittorio, dir. Abel Ferrera
Zama, dir. Lucrecia Martel

Cinema Nel Giardino

Manuel, dir. Dario Albertini
Controfigura, dir. Rä Di Martino
Woodshock, dir. Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy
Nato a Casal di Principe, dir. Bruno Oliviero
Suburra - La Serie, dir. Michele Placido, Andrea Molaioli, Giuseppe Capotondi
Tueurs, dir. Francois Troukens, Jean-Francois Hensgens

Venice Classics

Light Years, dir. Manuel Abramovich
Evviva Giuseppe, dir. Stefano Consiglio
The Prince and the Dybbuk, dir. Elwira Niewiera
La Voce di Fantozzi, dir. Mario Sesti
This is the War Room!, dir. Boris Hars-Tschachotin

Biennale College Cinema

Beautiful Things, dir. Giorgio Ferrero
Martyr, dir. Mazen Khaled
Strange Colours, dir. Alena Lodkina

Special Presentations

La Lunga Strada del Ritorno (1962), dir. Alessandro Blasetti
Barbiana '65 la Lezione di Don Milani, dir. Alessandro G.A. D’Alessandro
Lievito Madre - La Ragazze del Secolo Scorso, dir. Concita De Gregorino, Esmeralda Calabria

The Venice Film Festival kicks off 30 August.

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