71st Venice International Film Festival line-up announced

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  • 71st Venice International Film Festival line-up announced
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  • August 4, 2014

With an eclectic series of tales covering topics from the financial recession to an aging film star, the just announced line-up for the 71st Venice International Film Festival has revealed a focus on diverse and controversial features from maverick directors.

The line-up includes 55 features in total, 20 of which will be screening within the competition section. The competition features will all be world premieres.

For the Festival’s opening night, Michael Keaton stars in BIRDMAN as a washed-up film star attempting to redeem himself in the public eye by staging the Broadway play.

Ethan Hawke has been ever present on the international film festival radar of late thanks to his film BOYHOOD. Now, he’ll be making an appearance at Venice as a pilot-turned- drone operator alongside January Jones in New Zealand-born filmmaker Andrew Niccol’s THE GOOD KILL.

Other highlights include Fatih Akin’s THE CUT, which will be his first feature since SOUL KITCHEN along with Josh Opennheimer’s THE LOOK OF SILENCE. Real estate takes the spotlight in Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani’s look at the corrupt housing industry in his drama 99 HOMES starring Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern. Al Pacino fans will also be satisfied, with actor appearing twice within the overall line up – both in David Gordon Green’s highly anticipated MANGLEHORN and the out-of-competition feature THE HUMBLING. Another veteran actor, William Dafoe, will star as the Italian filmmarker Pier Paolo Pasolini in the biopic based around his final days, PASOLINI.

The 71st Venice Film Festival will run from August 27 to September 6.

See below for the full line-up:


“Three Hearts” (dir. Benoit Jacquot)
“Le Rancon De Glory” (dir. Xavier Beauvois)
“Le dernier coup de marteau” (dir. Alix Delaporte)
“Loin des hommes” (dir. David Oelhoffen)
“Birdman” (dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) (also opening film)
“99 Homes” (dir. Ramin Bahrani)
“The Good Kill” (dir. Andrew Niccol)
“Manglehorn” (dir. David Gordon Green)
“Pasolini” (dir. Abel Ferrera)
“Il giovane favoloso” (dir. Mario Martone)
“Anime nere” (dir. Francesco Munzi)
“Hungry Hearts” (dir. Saverio Costanzo)
“The Cut” (dir. Fatih Akin)
“A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence” (dir. Roy Andersson)
“The Look Of Silence” (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer)
“The Postman’s White Nights” (dir. Andrej Konchalovsky)
“Fires On The Plain” (dir. Shinya Tsukamoto)
“Red Amnesia” (dir. Wang Xioshuai)
“Tales” (dir. Rakhshan Bani-Eternad)
“Sivas” (Kaan Mujdeci)


“Words With Gods” (dir. Guillermo Arriaga, Emir Kusturica, Amos Gitai, Mira Nair, Warwick Thornton, Hector Babenco, Bahman Ghobadi, Hideo Nakata, Alex De La Iglesia)
“She’s Funny That Way” (dir. Peter Bogdanovich)
“Dearest” (dir. Peter Ho-Sun Chan)
“Olive Kitteredge” (dir. Lisa Cholodenko)
“Burying The Ex” (dir. Joe Dante)
“Perez” (dir. Edoardo De Angelis)
“La Zuppa Del Demonio” (dir. Davide Ferrario)
“The Sound And The Fury” (dir. James Franco)
“Tsili” (dir. Amos Gitai)
“La Trattavita” (dir. Sabina Guzzanti)
“Make-Up” (dir. Kwontaek Im)
“The Humbling” (dir. Barry Levinson)
“The Old Man Of Belem” (dir. Manoel De Oliviera)
“Italy In A Day” (dir. Gabriele Salvatores)
“In The Basement ” (dir. Ulrich Seidl)
“The Boxtrolls” (dir. Anthony Stacchi, Annable Graham)
“Nymphomaniac Volume 2: Director’s Cut” (dir. Lars Von Trier)
Nymphomaniac Vol. 2


“Theeb” (dir. Naji Abu Nowar)
“Line Of Credit” (dir. Salome Alexi)
“Senza Nessuna Pieta” (dir. Michele Alhaique)
“Cymbeline” (dir. Michael Almereyda)
“Io Sto Con La Sposa” (dir. Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry)
“La Vita Oscena” (dir. Renato De Maria)
“Near Death Experience” (dir. Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern)
“Realite” (dir. Quentin Dupieux)
“Goodnight Mommy” (dir. Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala)
“Hill Of Freedom” (dir. Hong Sang-Soo)
“Bypass” (dir. Duane Hopkins)
“the President” (dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
“Your Right Mind” (dir. Ami Canaan Mann)
“Belluscone, Una Storia Siciliana” (dir. Franco Maresco)
“Nabat” (dir. Elchin Musaoglu)
“Heaven Knows What” (dir. Josh & Ben Safdie)
“These Are The Rules” (dir. Ognjen Svilicic)
“Court” (dir. Chaitanya Tamhane)

CLOSING FILM – out of competition:

“The Golden Era” (dir. Ann Hui)


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