Whereas many critics and journalists (together with our personal correspondent, A.A. Dowd) have characterised this yr’s Cannes Movie Pageant as underwhelming, the line-up for its fall cousin, the Venice Movie Pageant, is bursting with potential. As Selection experiences, the principle competitors and sidebar picks contains Darren Aronofsky’s horror movie Mom!, starring Jennifer Lawrence; Guillermo Del Toro’s 1960s-set merman film The Form Of Water; Lean On Pete, the most recent from British writer-director Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years); Martin McDonaugh’s Three Billboards Exterior Ebbing, Missouri; Ex Libris: New York Public Library, a brand new movie by documentary titan Frederick Wiseman; Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, the primary new movie by Tunisian-French writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche since his Cannes prize-winner Blue Is The Warmest Shade; Zama, Lucrecia Martial’s long-awaited follow-up to The Headless Lady; the black comedy Suburbicon, directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon; and Caniba, by Leviathan administrators Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravell. And that’s simply barely scratching the floor.
The complete slate—which additionally contains new movies by Paul Schrader, William Friedkin, Errol Morris, Takeshi Kitano, James Toback, and Stephen Frears, in addition to some type of digital actuality venture by Tsai Ming-Liang—was introduced at a press convention this morning. You’ll find the entire exhaustive listing over at Selection.
The pageant will open August 30 with Downsizing, the most recent film from Alexander Payne. We sit up for catching up with a few of these titles a number of weeks later, throughout our protection of the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant.
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