Venice Film Festival 2023 Presents Its Official Selection – THE USA PRINT

The new festival in honor of the cinema of Venice is coming up, an expected 2023 edition in which some of the most commented titles of the seasons will be presented. Deadline reports that the gala could lack artists due to the current SAG-AFTRA strike that has paralyzed Hollywood, however, it will be compensated with high-profile productions that promise to be a point of celebration and debate among those most committed to the seventh art. The Official Selection has finally been revealed.

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The Venice Film Festival, also known as the Mostra, is one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in the world. It was founded in 1932 as an initiative to promote Italian cinema and has become an annual event that highlights international cinematographic art. Throughout its history, the festival has witnessed significant moments in cinema, honored outstanding filmmakers, and featured influential films that have left their mark on the industry. Since its inception, the Venice Film Festival has maintained its relevance and status as an essential platform to showcase and celebrate cinematic excellence.

This year’s line up for Venice includes notable productions such as priscilla of Sofia Coppola, dogman of Luc Beson and poor things of Yorgos Lanthimos; It also highlights the return of the Mexican Michel Franco with his new work, Memory. Deadline shares the statements of Alberto Barbera, director of the festival, who assures that the Selection and its program had already been put together with certainty before the artists’ strike took place in Hollywood.

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Other notable presence at the festival will be The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugardirected by Wes Anderson for Netflix; The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial of William Friedkin; and hit man of Richard Linklater. It is worth mentioning that the organizers of the festival have placed in the projections The Palacefilm of Roman Polanski, which could bring enormous displeasure among potential attendees. Let’s remember that in 1977 he was arrested and accused of abusing a minor, for which he fled the country before being sentenced, thus avoiding jail. Since then, he has lived in exile to evade arrest in the United States. Despite controversies and efforts by authorities to extradite him, Polanski continues to direct films and has received international awards, sparking ethical and moral debates about his career and his past.

The Venice Film Festival will take place from August 30 to September 9 with Damien Chazelle as President of the jury. You can see the Official Selection below:

VENEZIA 80 – Competition

The Promised Land, dir: Nikolaj Arcel
DogMan, dir: Luc Besson
La Bête, dir: Bertrand Bonello
Hors-Saison, dir: Stéphane Brizé
Enea, dir: Pietro Castellitto
Commander, dir: Edoardo de Angelis (opening night film)
Maestro, dir: Bradley Cooper
Priscilla, dir: Sofia Coppola
Finally L’Alba, dir: Saverio Costanzo
Lubo, dir: Giorgio Diritti
Origin, dir: Ava DuVernay
The Killer, dir: David Fincher
Memory, dir: Michel Franco
Io Capitano, dir: Matteo Garrone
Evil Does Not Exist, Ryusuke Hamaguchi
The Green Border, dir: Agnieszka Holland
Die Theorie Von Allem, dir: Timm Kroger
Poor Things, dir: Yorgos Lanthimos
The Count, dir: Pablo Larrain
Ferrari, dir: Michael Mann
Adagio, dir: Stefano Sollima
Woman Of, dirs: Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert
Holly, dir: Fien Troch

out of competition


Coup de Chance, dir: Woody Allen
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, dir: Wes Anderson
The Penitent, dir: Luca Barbareschi
L’Ordine del Tempo, dir: Liliana Cavani
Vivants, dir: Alix Delaporte
Daaaaaal!, dir: Quentin Dupieux
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, dir: William Friedkin
Aggro Dr1ft, dir: Harmony Korine
Hit Man, dir: Richard Linklater
The Palace, dir: Roman Polanski
Snow Leopard, dir: Pema Tseden
Society of the Snow, dir: JA Bayona (closing film)

Short film

Welcome to Paradise, dir: Leonardo Di Costanzo


Hollywoodgate, dir: Ibrahim Nash’at
Love, dir: Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri
Ryuichi Sakamoto Opus, dir: Neo Sora
Facing Guernica (Version Integrale), dirs: Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi
Enzo Jannacci Vengo Anch’io, dir: Giorgio Verdelli
Menus Plaisirs – Les Troisgros, dir: Frederick Wiseman


D’Argent et de Sang (episodes 1-12), dirs: Xavier Giannoli, Frederic Planchon
I Know Your Soul (episodes 1&2), dir: Alen Drljevic, Nermin Hamzagic

special screening

The Lion’s Share: A Story of the Mostra, dirs: Baptiste Etchegary, Guiseppe Bucchi


Boot Jone, dir: Luana Bajrami
Forever Forever, dir: Anna Buryachkova
The Rescue, dir: Daniela Goggi
In the Land of Saints and Sinners, dir: Robert Lorenz
Day of the Fight, dir: Jack Huston
Felicita, dir: Micaela Ramazzotti
Pet Shop Boys, dir: Olmo Schnabel
Stolen, dir: Karan Tejpal
L’Homme d’Argile, dir: Anais Tellenne


Open Sky, dirs: Mariana Arriaga, Santiago Arriaga
El Paraiso, dir: Enrico Maria Artale
Behind the Mountains, dir: Mohamed Ben Attia
The Red Suitcase, dir: Fidel Devkota
Tatami, dirs: Guy Nattiv, Tsar Amir Ebrahimi
Paradise Is Burning, dir: Mika Gustafson
The Featherweight, dir: Robert Kolodny
Invelle, dir: Simone Massi
Hesitation Wound, dir: Selman Nacar
Heartless, dir: Nara Normande, Tiao
Una Sterminata Domenica, dir: Alain Perroni
City of Wind, dir: Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir
Explanation for Everything, dir: Gabor Reisz
Gasoline Rainbow, dir: Bill Ross, Turner Ross
In Attendant la Nuit, dir: Céline Rouzet
Housekeeping for Beginners, dir: Goran Stolevski
Shadow of Fire, dir: Shinya Tsukamoto
Dormitory, dir: Nehir Tuna



Bill Douglas My Best Friend, dir: Jack Archer
Le Film Pro-Nazi d’Hitchcock, dir: Daphne Baiwir
Thank You Very Much, dir: Alex Braverman
Landrian, dir: Ernesto Daranas Serrano
Un Altra Italia Era Possibile, Il Cinema Di Guiseppe De Santis, dir: Stefano Della Casa
Michel Gondry Do It Yourself, dir: François Nemeta
Ken Jacobs From Orchard Street to the Museum of Modern Art, dir: Fred Riedel
Frank Capra: Mr America, dir: Matthew Wells
Dario Argento Panico, dir: Simone Scafidi

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