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Venice 2018

Venice Announces an Outstanding Lineup

Mike Leigh’s Peterloo (2018)

“Amazingly strong Venice lineup,” tweeted Sight & Sound editor Nick James earlier today, pretty well summing up initial reaction to the list of titles just announced in Rome. The seventy-fifth Venice International Film Festival will run from August 29 through September 8, and the competition alone boasts such names as Mike Leigh, Olivier Assayas, the Coen brothers, Jennifer Kent, Carlos Reygadas, Julian Schnabel, and Shinya Tsukamoto. And premiering out of competition will be a new documentary by Frederick Wiseman and the long-awaited completed version of Orson Welles’s The Other Side of the Wind.

Competition

Venice usually limits the number of films competition for the Golden Lion to twenty, but given the bounty this year, organizers have allowed themselves twenty-one. As noted last week, Damien Chazelle’s First Man, the story of Apollo 11, NASA’s successful mission to put a man on the moon, will open this year’s edition. 


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