The most anticipated films of the Venice Film Festival 2021

The most anticipated films of the Venice Film Festival 2021


Madrid, Aug 28 (EFE) .- From “Spencer”, ‘biopic’ about Lady Di directed by Pablo Larraín, to the new version of the science fiction classic “Dune” piloted by Dennis Villeneuve, the 78th Film Festival of Venice that Pedro Almodóvar inaugurates will show for the first time, between September 1 and 11, some of the most anticipated films of the season.

The official section will host established names such as Larraín, Pedro Almodóvar, Paolo Sorrentino, Paul Schrader or Jane Campion; A jury chaired by the Korean Bong Joon-ho, director of the Oscar-winning “Gisaengchung” (“Parasites”), will decide who of them the coveted Golden Lion will stop.

But there are also pearls out of the competition and Netflix once again demonstrates its power by sponsoring a handful of the most prominent films.


Kristen Stewart will become Lady Di by the work and grace of Chilean Pablo Larraín in this film written by the creator of “Peaky Blinders” Steven Knight and which focuses on a single weekend in the early 90’s, when Diana decided to separate from Prince Charles (Jack Farthing).

Larraín also premiered in Venice in 2016 his portrait of another 20th century icon, Jackie Kennedy, played by Natalie Portman.


The director of “La grande bellezza” (“The great beauty”), Paolo Sorrentino, will aspire for the first time for the Golden Lion with “È stata la mano di Dio” (“It was the hand of God”), inspired by the nickname of Diego Armando Maradona, his idol.

The film, set in his native Naples, is announced as the most intimate, personal and painful work of Sorrentino, who as a teenager lost his parents in an accident. The film will be distributed by Netflix.


Based on Frank Herbert’s science fiction referential work, “Dune” weighed the label of a cursed movie, after a frustrated first project by Alejandro Jodorowsky -with Mick Jagger and Dalí-, which was followed by another attempt by Ridley Scott and a Rugged and ill-fated adaptation of David Lynch released in 1984.

But Denis Villeneuve has done it and in Venice it will be seen, out of competition, the first of the two parts of his project that has a stellar cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Zendaya.


Pedro Almodóvar turns to the theme of motherhood and family relationships in his new film, which will open the Mostra and in which two women, Janis and Ana, will meet in a hospital room when they are going to give birth.

The two are single and accidentally got pregnant, but while Janis (Penélope Cruz) has no regrets, Ana (Milena), a teenager, is scared. Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez Gijón, Julieta Serrano and Rossy de Palma complete the cast.


Jane Campion (“The Piano” / “The piano”) brings to Venice her adaptation of Thomas Savage’s novel “The power of the dog” (1967), a western about two brothers who own a Montana ranch whose relationship suffers when one of them marries a village widow.

Netflix will release this fall film that represents Campion’s return to the cinema after a decade (“Bright star /” Bright star “, 2009) and in which he has had Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemonsse.


Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Dark Knight” / “The Dark Knight”, “Deuce”, “Secretary”) makes her directorial debut with the adaptation of a novel by the enigmatic Elena Ferrante, the author of “The Great Friend.”

Netflix’s “The Lost Daughter” is a portrait of the bondage of motherhood with a cast led by Olivia Colman (Oscar winner for “The Favorite” / “The Favorite”) and Dakota Johnson.


A western “a la Kurosawa”, as announced by the Mostra, which faces Adam Driver and Matt Damon is Ridley Scott’s new work programmed out of competition.

Based on a true story, it takes place in France in the 14th century and tells the story of Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer), who claims to have been raped by Jacques Le Gris (Driver), the best friend of her husband Jean de Courreges (Damon ).


The writer of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” (“Wild Bull”), Paul Schrader, has enlisted Scorsese as executive producer of his new film, a revenge thriller starring Oscar Isaac, who plays a gamer and ex-military who sets out to reform a young man who seeks revenge on an enemy of both in his past.

Willem Dafoe, Tye Sheridan and Tiffany Haddish round out the main cast.


Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit” / “Lady’s Gambit”) and Thomasin McKenzie (“Jojo Rabbit”) star in this psychological thriller directed by Edgar Wright (“Zombies party”, “Baby driver”).

A young woman with a passion for fashion goes to London to fulfill her dream of being a designer and there she discovers her ability to move into the past where she witnesses disturbing events. It is released out of competition.


David Gordon Green will unleash terror in Venice with the twelfth installment of the Halloween saga. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises the role in which he made his film debut, the long-suffering Laurie Strode stalked by the psychopath Michael Myers.

Lee Curtis will also receive one of the honorary Golden Lions of this edition. The other will be for Roberto Benigni.


Three musical documentaries stand out in the program. Giuseppe Tornatore presents “Ennio”, his portrait of Ennio Morricone through an interview with the teacher, who died a year ago, and testimonies from artists and directors with whom he worked.

“Becoming Led Zeppelin”, directed by Bernard MacMahon will focus on the origins and life of the British band and “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song” will explore the legacy of the Canadian musician through one of his most famous hymns. .


Latin American cinema has a strong presence this year in the official section with the Venezuelan Lorenzo Vigas (“La caja”), the Mexican Michel Franco (“Sundown”) and the Argentines Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat (“Official competition”).

By Magdalena Tsanis

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The most anticipated films of the Venice Film Festival 2021