David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” Andrew Niccol’s “Good Kill,” Abel Ferrara’s “Pasolini” and Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence” will join Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” in the competition lineup of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (the Venice Biennale), Venice organizers announced at a press conference in Rome on Thursday.
Stars who could make the trek to the Italian festival include Al Pacino, who stars in “Manglehorn”; Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern and Michael Shannon, in Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes”; Ethan Hawke, who appears in both “Good Kill” and Michael Almereyda’s “Cymbeline,” the latter with Ed Harris and Milla Jovovich; Willem Dafoe, who plays Pier Paolo Pasolini in Ferrara’s film about the Italian director; Viggo Mortensen, who stars in David Oelhoffen’s “Loin des Hommes”; Anton Yelchin, in Joe Dante’s “Burying the Ex”; and Frances McDormand, who plays the title role in Lisa Cholodenko’s upcoming HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” which will receive an out-of-competition showcase.
The competition lineup will also include a number of films by celebrated international auteurs, including Andrei Konchalovsky (“The Postman’s Winter Nights”), Roy Andersson (“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”), Fatih Akin (“The Cut”) and Xavier Beauvois (“La Rancon de la Gloire”).
Non-competitive slots have gone to Peter Bogdanovich’s “She’s Funny That Way,” Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling,” Cholodenko’s “Olive Kitteridge,” Dante’s “Burying the Ex,” “Nymphomaniac Volume II (long version) Director’s Cut” from Lars von Trier and “The Old Man of Belem” from 105-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira.
The Laika/Focus animated feature “The Boxtrolls” will also screen out of competition.
Venice previously announced that it will open with “Birdman,” and that it will include tributes to editor Thelma Schoonmaker and documentary director Frederick Wiseman.
Venice will be the first of the three back-to-back fall festivals, opening on Aug. 27 and running through Sept. 6. The four-day Telluride Film Festival will begin two days later, on Aug. 29, while the Toronto International Film Festival, the longest and largest of the three, will open on Sept. 4.
A number of the Venice films, including “Manglehorn,” “Good Kill,” “The Humbling” and “Pasolini,” will go from that festival to Telluride, Toronto or both.
“The Cut,” Fatih Akin (Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Canada, Poland, Turkey)
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Roy Andersson (Sweden, Germany, Norway, France)
“99 Homes,” Ramin Bahrani (U.S.)
“Tales,” Rakhshan Bani E’temad (Iran)
“La rancon de la gloire,” Xavier Beauvois (France)
“Hungry Hearts,” Saverio Costanzo (Italy)
“Le fernier coup de marteau,” Alix Delaporte (France)
“Manglehorn,” David Gordon Green (U.S.)
“Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu (U.S.)
“Three Hearts,” Benoit Jacquot (France)
“The Postman’s White Nights,” Andrei Konchalovsky (Russia)
“Il Giovane Favoloso,” Mario Martone (Italy)
“Sivas,” Kaan Mujdeci (Turkey)
“Anime Nere,” Francesco Munzi (Italy, France)
“Good Kill,” Andrew Niccol (U.S.)
“Loin des Hommes,” David Oelhoffen (France)
“The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, U.K.)
“Nobi,” Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)
“Red Amnesia,” Wang Xiaoshuai (China)
OUT OF COMPETITION
“Words with Gods,” Guillermo Arriaga, Emir Kusturica, Amos Gitai. Mira Nair, Warwick Thornton, Hector Babenco, Bahman Ghobadi, Hideo Nakata, Alex de la Iglesia (Mexico. U.S.)
“She’s Funny That Way,” Peter Bogdanovich (U.S.)
“Dearest,” Peter Ho-sun Chan (Hong Kong, China)
“Olive Kitteridge,” Lisa Cholodenko (U.S.)
“Burying the Ex,” Joe Dante (U.S.)
“Perez,” Edoardo De Angelis (Italy)
“La zuppa del demonio,” Davide Ferrario (Italy)
“Tsili,” Amos Gitai (Israel, Russia, Italy, France)
“La trattativa,” Sabina Guzzanti (Italy)
“The Golden Era,” Ann Hui (China, Hong Kong) CLOSER
“Make Up,” Im Kwontaek (South Korea)
“The Humbling,” Barry Levinson (U.S.)
“The Old Man of Belem,” Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal, France)
“Italy in a Day,” Gabriele Salvatores (Italy, U.K.)
“In the Basement,” Ulrich Seidl (Austria)
“The Boxtrolls,” Anthony Stacchi, Annable Graham (U.K)
“Nyphomanic Volume II (long version) Director’s Cut,” Lars Von Trier (Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium)
“Theeb,” Naji Abu Nowar (Jordan, U.A.E. Qatar, U.K.)
“Line of Credit,” Salome Alexi (Georgia, Germany, France)
“Cymbeline,” Michael Almereyda (U.S.)
“Senza Nessuna Pieta,” Michele Alhaique (Italy)
“Near Death Experience,” Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern (France)
“Le Vita Oscena,” Renato De Maria (Italy)
“Realite,” Quentin Dupieux (France, Belgium)
“I Spy/I Spy,” Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala (Austria)
“Hill of Freedom,” Hong Sangsoo (South Korea)
“Bypass,” Duane Hopkins (U.K.)
“The President,” Moshen Makhmalbaf (Georgia, France, U.K. Germany)
“Your Right Mind,” Ami Canaan Mann (U.S.)
“Belluscone, una storia siciliana,” Franco Maresco (Italy)
“Nabat,” Elchin Musaoglu (Azerbaijan)
“Heaven Knows What,” Josh Safdie, Ben Safdie (U.S., France)
“These Are the Rules,” Ognjen Svilicic,” (Croatia, France, Serbia, Macedonia)
“Court,” Chaitanya Tamhane (India)