Cinema. The films of the Venice Film Festival 2021

From the 1st to the 11th of September the festival takes place, in the race for the Golden Lion, there are the Chilean filmmaker Larraín, Pedro Almodóvar, Denis Villeneuve, Paul Schrader and Jane Campion. Also competing are the Argentines Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohen.

The main films:

It was the hand of God , Paolo Sorrentino aspires to his first Golden Lion with a film inspired by his idol, Diego Armando Maradona, a personal film that narrates his life in his native Naples and the tragedy that unites him with Maradona: “Maradona is my childhood”Sorrentino has said about his film.

It was the hand of God, P. Sorrentino

Spencer , Pedro Larraín’s biopic about the three days in the life of Lady Diana in which she decides that her marriage to Prince Charles is no longer working and decides to move away.

The power of the dog by Jane Campion. The talented New Zealand filmmaker, winner of the Palme d’Or almost two decades ago for The Piano, returns to the screen with a western set in Montana in 1925. She is one of the great candidates for the grand prize.

Parallel mothers , by the Spaniard Pedro Almodóvar, motherhood and family, the themes of the latest film by the director of Carne Trémula, Átame, Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown, among some of his long career.

Almodóvar and the cast of Parallel Mothers in Venice 2021

The lost daughter , Maggie Gyllenhal arrives in Venice this time as a director with the adaptation of the homonymous novel by Elena Ferrante on the complexity of family ties and motherhood. Starring Olivia Colman, the English actress who plays Queen Elizabeth in The crown.

The card counter by Paul Schrader. The mythical writer of Taxi driver, arrives in Italy with a film about a poker player and the possibility of forgiveness or redemption

Official competition , by the Argentines Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, starring Oscar Martínez, Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas

Box by Venezuelan Lorenzo Vigas, a tough film about a boy who must collect the remains of a father found in a mass grave in Mexico. The film also addresses the issue of the disappearance of women in Ciudad Juárez.

Sundown , by the Mexican Michel Franco, the story of a British family on vacation in Mexico. The director did not want to advance much about the film, to “maintain the suspense.”

Out of competition are the highly anticipated Dune , based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi classic, arrives at the Venetian Mostra directed by Quebec-born French-Canadian Denis Villeneuve and The last duel by Ridley Scott, a suspense drama.

In this edition, three musical documentaries are also presented: Ennio , an interview with the late Ennio Morricone with interviews with different people who worked with the Italian composer, Becoming Led Zeppelin on the origins of the British band and Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a journey on the impact of the song worldwide and that is part of the album Various Position, 1984. Five years after the death of the Canadian poet and musician.

In this edition of the Mostra, the jury will be chaired by the Korean Bong Joon-ho, director of Parasites.

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Cinema. The films of the Venice Film Festival 2021