Earlier this week, the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled part of its 2013 line-up, and there were plenty of must-see movies. But the Venice Film Festival, which begins a week earlier, has countered with an equally impressive array of picture. While there’s the inevitable cross-over like Venice opener Gravity playing at TIFF along with Philomena, Under the Skin, Parkland, Joe, and many more, the Venice exclusives (at this point) make me want to book a Transatlantic ticket. The fest will play host to the world debuts of Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, Errol Morris’ Donald Rumsfeld documentary The Known Unknown, Steven Knight’s Locke (starring Tom Hardy and shot in one take), and more. Also set for the festival is Hayao Miyazaki’s new movie, The Wind Rises as well as Lee Sang-Il’s Japanese remake of Unforgiven. Last year, most of the movies in Venice eventually ended up in TIFF’s line-up, and since I’ll be going to the latter, I hope most of these movies find their way to Toronto this September.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.
The Venice Film Festival is set to open this year with Alfonso Cuaron’s highly-anticipated new film, Gravity. The sci-fi picture centers on a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) who is stranded alone in space with a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) following a catastrophic event aboard their spacecraft. It will be the first 3D picture to ever kick off the Venice Film Festival, and definitely a big change of pace from last year’s Venice opener, Mira Nair’s independent political thriller, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Getting Gravity as the opener is a very encouraging sign for Cuaron’s movie since Warner Bros. could run the picture through the festival circuit up to its opening on October 4th in order to be a major player during awards season. Cuaron is no stranger to Venice and his previous films Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men both won awards when they played at the festival.
Personally, I’m hoping for a North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, but we’ll have to see how far the studio is willing to take the picture. It’s worth noting that a majority of last year’s Venice features made the jump to TIFF Hit the jump for the press release.
I have mixed feelings about the fall festival season. On the one hand, I love going to the Toronto International Film Festival (very well-run and great venues), and getting a jump on the awards season movies because a fair share of them are going to be damn good. On the other hand, there’s less room for the joyful discovery I’ll find at Sundance, SXSW, and Fantastic Fest. Nevertheless, studios like to begin their awards season maneuvering in the fall, and that usually starts at the Venice Film Festival, and then those films then move on to Telluride and TIFF. Variety has begun their predictions for what they believe will debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Among the predictions are Alfonso Cuaron‘s sci-fi drama Gravity, Paul Greengrass‘ Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, and Steve McQueen‘s star-studded Twelve Years a Slave. The only confirmed title thus far is Paul Schrader‘s The Canyons, which isn’t particularly noteworthy since it will debut on VOD in the U.S. weeks before.
Hit the jump for more films that might show up at Venice this year. The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.