Venice 2014 Lineup Announced


TIFF made a compelling lineup for itself just a day after NYFF nabbed three huge films to premiere on the East Coast and this time, we have Venice Film Festival, featuring performances from Willem Dafoe, Al Pacino, Jennifer Aniston and Ethan Hawke with Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu‘s Birdman already confirmed as their opener.

Unfortunately, no Terrence Malick or Werner Herzog, but it’s still a promising array of films including Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing sequel The Look of Silence, Fatih Akin‘s three-hour drama The Cut,  Peter Bogdanovich‘s She’s Funny That Way, Joe Dante‘s Burying the Ex, Laika’s animation The BoxTrolls, Lars von Trier‘s director’s cut of the Nymphomaniac Volume II, Ulrich Seidl‘s In the Basement, Michael Almereyda‘s Cymbeline, as well as new features from Quentin Dupieux, Hong Sang-Soo,  Roy Andersson, and James Franco .

Check out the full list of films for the 71st festival:


Opening Night Film
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Alejandro González Iñárritu

The Cut, Faith Akin

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence,  Roy Andersson

99 Homes, Ramin Bahrani

Ghesseha (Tales), Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

La Rançon de la Gloire, Xavier Beauvois

Hungry Hearts, Saverio Costanzo

Le Dernier Coup de Marteau, Alix Delaporte

Pasolini, Abel Ferrara

Manglehorn, David Gordon Green

3 Coeurs (3 Hearts), Benôit Jacquot

Belye Nochi Pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna (The Postman’s White Nights),  Andrey Konchalovskiy

Il Giovane Favoloso, Mario Martone

Sivas, Kaan Mujdeci

Anime Nere, Francesco Munzi

Good Kill, Andrew Niccol

Loin des Hommes, David Oelhoffen

The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer

Nobi (Fires on the Plain), Shinya Tsukamoto

Chuangru Zhe (Red Amnesia), Xiaoshuai Wang


Words with Gods, Guillermo Arriaga, Emir Kusturica, Amos Gitai, Mira Nair, Warwick Thornton, Hector Babenco, Bahman Ghobai, Hideo Nakata, Alex de la Iglesia

She’s Funny That Way, Peter Bogdanovich

Dearest, Peter Ho-sun Chan

Olive Kitteridge, Lisa Cholodenko

Burying the Ex, Joe Dante

Perez, Edowardo De Angelis

La Zuppa De Demonio, Davide Ferrario

The Sound and the Fury, James Franco

Tsili, Amos Gitai

La Trattativa, Sabina Guzzanti

Closing Night Film
The Golden Era, Ann Hui

Make-Up, Im Kwontaek

The Humbling, Barry Levinson

The Old Man of Belem, Manoel de Oliveira

Italy in a Day, Gabriele Salvatores

In the Basement, Ulrich Seidl

The Boxtrolls, Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

Nymphomaniac Volume II: Director’s Cut, Lars Von Trier


Theeb, Naiji Abu Nowar

Line of Credit, Salome Alexi

Senza Nessuna Pieta, Michele Alhaique

Cymbeline, Michael Almereyda

Near Death Experience, Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern

Réalité, Quentin Dupieux

I Spy/I Spy, Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala

Hill of Freedom, Hong Sangsoo

Bypass, Duane Hopkins

The President, Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Your Right Mind, Ami Canaan Mann

Belluscone, Una Storia Siciliana, Franco Maresco

Nabat, Elchin Musaoglu

Heaven Knows What, Josh Safdie, Ben Safdie

These are the Rules, Ognjen Sviliviv

Court, Chaitanya Tamhane


Opening Film, Out-of-Competition
One on One, Kim Ki-duk

Closing Film, Out-of-Competition
Messi, Alex De La Iglesia

El 5 De Talleres, Adrian Biniez

Return to Ithaca, Laurent Cantet

Before I Disappear, Shawn Christensen

The Dinner, Ivano De Matteo

Les Nuits D’Ete, Mario Fanfani

Patria, Felice Farina

Metamorphoses, Christophe Honore

Between 10 and 12, Peter Hoogendoom

The Farewell Party, Mita Tova

The Goob, Guy Myhill

Labour of Love (Asha Jaoar Majhe), Adityavikram Sengupta

They Have Escaped (He Ovat Paenneet), Jukka Pekka Valeppa

The 2014 Venice Film Festival runs August 27 – September 6, 2014.