It’s been a strange and challenging year for all film festivals, which made this morning’s announcement of the Venice International Film Festival lineup all the more striking. Somehow, artistic director Alberto Barbera assembled a program of more than 50 films from around the world. It’s the first major fall festival to reveal its full lineup.
While Venice may add titles in the days ahead, it’s clear that this year’s edition won’t look like previous ones. The 2019 selection included splashy premieres with Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, and Meryl Streep; this version of Venice has fewer starry American films, reflecting our current inability to travel to Europe. The Venice selection still offers much to explore with at least one significant Oscar contender, a range of promising new work from international auteurs and newcomers, and nearly 50 percent of its competition featuring women directors.
Barbera spoke by phone with IndieWire about the … Read More