76th Venice International Film Festival

28 August 2019 - 07 September 2019
The Venice Film Festival features many exciting premieres this year. Usually a successful debut at 'La Biennale di Venezia' brings luck: a bunch of Oscar winner movies started their 'career' here. So it is highly recommended to flip through the competition program and choose your must-see films for next season.
Here comes a short list of the most awaited productions:
Warner Studio's 'Joker' is kind of a surprise because comic book adaptations are usually not welcome at artsy film festivals, but the studio takes this tough origin story very seriously, so we won't be surprised when Joaquin Phoenix gets an Oscar nomination for the leading role.

James Gray's epic science fiction entitled 'Ad Astra' is another big Hollywood production, starring Brad Pitt as a determined astronaut who goes into space in search of his lost father.
There are two more American films in the program produced by Netflix: Noah Baumbach's 'Marriage Story' follows the events of a terrible divorce, featuring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, while Steven Soderbergh adapted 'Secrecy World' (a book about the Panama Papers data leak) to the big screen working together with renowned actors like Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman.

Unfortunately this year's festival won't pass without scandal. Roman Polanski's 'An Officer and a Spy' ('J'accuse') is based on the true story of Alfred Dreyfus, a French captain accused falsely of treason and sent to prison on Devil's Island. The original title is rather provocative because of Polanski's unresolved sexual abuse case. The film itself is very promising: it presents an important historic event featuring great actors like Louis Garrel (Captain Dreyfus), Jean Dujardin and Emmanuelle Seigner.

Speaking of officers and spies, another much-awaited film is 'Seberg' (previously titled 'Against All Enemies'), starring Kristen Stewart. Jean Seberg, the beautiful French actress was a target of FBI's special surveillance program. It was a retaliation because of the support she showed towards the Black Panther Party in the '60s. The surveillance and the attacks on her public image practically destroyed her mental health.

The festival also features two English-language directorial debuts: 'Wasp Network' by Olivier Assayas is a political thriller starring Penélope Cruz and Ana de Armas while Ciro Guerra's 'Waiting for the Barbarians' is a war drama with Robert Pattinson and Johnny Depp in the leading roles.


Film premieres

Wreck-It Ralph

American, animation, 92 min., 2012
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