Venice Film Festival: The Festival revives cinema in the midst of a pandemic

The Venice Film Festival defies Covid-19 by launching its 77th edition. Since the health crisis, this is the first major international festival to launch into the arena. Jury, selection and health organization, ask for the program!

  Venice Film Festival: The Festival revives cinema in the midst of a pandemic

The Venice Film Festival gives hope to the 7th art! The Venice Film Festival is reckless, making its return from September 2 to 12, 2020 , despite the current pandemic. It takes place within the iconic Cinema Palace , on the seafront Marconi, au Lido de Venise. pour sa 77th edition , the competition will take place in the presence of an audience. A first for a festival, since the arrival of the Covid-19. Between the filming stopped, the declining attendance of cinemas after the reopening and the canceled festivals, the world of the 7th Art held its breath.

Un jury d'exception

This year it's the Australian actress Cate Blanchett who has the honor of chair the international jury and parity of the oldest festival in the world, composed of 3 women and 3 men. Among them? French actress Ludivine Sagnier , German and Romanian filmmakers Christian Petzold and Cristi Puiu , the Italian writer Nicola Lagioia , the British and Austrian directors Joanna Hogg and Veronica Franz . At the end of the competition, they will have the honor of awarding the precious Golden Lion for Best Film. Who will succeed Joker by Todd Phillips? The bets are open.

A selection with great fanfare

Competition :

In Between Dying - Hilal Baydarov
The Macaluso Sisters - Emma Dante
The World to Come - This is Fastvold
New order - Michael Franco
Lovers - Nicole Garcia
There in Haifa - Amos Gitai
Dear Comrades  - Andrei Konchalovsky
Wife of a Spy - Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Sun Children - Majid Majidi
Pieces of a Woman - Kornél Mundruczo
Miss Marx - Susanna Nicchiarelli
Our Father - Claudius Noce
Night - Gianfranco Rosi
Never Gonna Snow Again - Malgorzata Szumowska et Michal Englert
The Disciple - Chaitanya Tamhane
And Tomorrow the Entire World - Julia von Heinz
Where are you going, Aida?  - Jasmila Zbanic
Nomadland - Chloe Zhao

In the Orizzonti selection:

Apples - Christos Nikou
The third war - Giovanni Aloi
Milestone -Ivan Ayr
The Wasteland - Ahmad Bahrami
The Man Who Sold His Skin - Kaouther Ben Hania
The predators - Pietro Castellitto
Mainstream - Gia Coppola
Genus Bread  - Lav Diaz
Contact loop - Ismael El Iraqi
War and peace - Martina Parenti and Massimo D'Anolfi
Twelfth night - Philippe Lacote
The Furnace  - Robert Mackay
Careless Crime - Shahram Mokri
Gaza my love - Tarzan and Arab Nasser
tragic jungle - 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 competition :


The Ties - Daniele Luchetti (overture film)
let me go - Stefano Mordini (film de clôture)
mandibles - Quentin Dupieux
Love After Love - Ann Hui
assandira - Salvatore Always
The Duke  - Roger Michell
Night in Paradise - Park Hoon-Jung
Mosquito State - Filip Jan Rymsza
30 Coins - Alex de la Iglesia (tv series)
Princess Europe  - Camille Lotteau
Peasant homily - Alice Rohrwacher, JR (short film)

The documentaries :

Sportin' Life -Abel Ferrara
Crazy, Not Insane  - Alex Gibney
Greta  - Nathan Grossman
Salvatore, Shoemaker of Dreams - Luca Guadagnino
Final Account  - Luke Holland
The truth about La Dolce Vita - Giuseppe Pedersoli
Molecules - Andrea Segre
daffodil on vacation - Renato Terra and Ricardo Calil
Paolo Conte, away with me - Giorgio Verdelli
Hopper/Welles  - Orson Welles
City Hall  - Frederick Wiseman

The selection of the Biennale College Cinema:

the art of coming back - Pedro Collantes
Fucking with Nobody - Hannaleena Hauru

The revival of cinema

Yes, the exhibition restores hope to professionals and enthusiasts of the 7th art, the Covid-19 has nevertheless influenced the organization of the competition. Social distancing will be invited to the rooms. As for celebrities, we imagine them masked .

The Venetian festival building captures a white wall , for avoid outdoor gatherings which represent potential sources of infection, at the level of the usual passage used by the stars. All accesses to the Palazzo del Cinema are monitored by thermal camera. Celebrities with temperature will not enter.

The 2 meter high barricade is the real symbol of a cinematographic renaissance, hampered by a health crisis which has not said its last word. From a distance, the general public will be able to watch the long-awaited climbs of the steps, which compete with those of Cannes, thanks to a giant screen installed not far from the event.

To prevent visitors from creating a crowd movement, the images will be delayed broadcast .

Not enough to spoil the pleasure of moviegoers. The media sphere will not fail to comment on the stylish (or not) arrival of handpicked celebrities.