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The Top 10 Films at the 2019 Venice Film Festival

The 2019 Venice Festival line-upSource: Nextbestpicture

The 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival kicks off on 29th August and ends on 7th September. With the official announcement of the international movie line-up, the festival is taking shape. Long-awaited releases will feature in the anticipated fall film season with the likes of Brad Pitt’s drama ‘Ad Astra’ and DC’s standalone movie ‘Joker’ setting the scene for an exciting festival. So why not take a break from your favourite casino by watching the 10 best movies of the Venice festival 2019 instead?

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With the competition line-up featuring 21 films, there isn’t going to be a dull moment. Although the movie selections are facing criticism, it should make for an epic season. The inclusion of three Netflix films is raising questions from the European cinema groups. Not only that, but fest-chief Alberto Barbera’s inclusion of only two female directors is also stirring debate.

The Truth

The Venice Festival debuts with ‘The Truth’, a new family drama starring Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve, and Ethan Hawke. The film is a production of the ‘Shoplifters’ filmmaker, Hirokazu Kore-eda. This is a fantastic comeback after the 2018 Palme d’Or win. The movie is Kore-eda’s first attempt to reach an international arena. It is worth the anticipation due to its placement in the coveted opening slot.

The Laundromat

Being a pacesetter for the 2020 Oscar contenders, the festival features some of the best works around the globe. Netflix has three films premiering at the festival. One of them is ‘The Laundromat.’ It is an upcoming drama by Steven Soderbergh with Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas. It tells the story of a widow investigating the shady dealings of a Panamanian law firm.

Marriage Story

Another Netflix screenplay is ‘Marriage Story.’ Noah Baumbach popularity for comedies will keep soaring high with the new addition of the bittersweet comedy. The story follows a couple going through a rough divorce marred with a custody battle. The stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver are driven to emotional extremes. The film has drawn a lot of attention since it will also feature in the Telluride as well as Toronto festivals.

The King

David Michod’s production ‘The King’ is another fantastic instalment by Netflix. The film combines several plays from Shakespeare’s Henriad. The wayward prince takes over the throne when the king passes on. It turns out he inherits the throne along with the chaos, politics, and wars. It stars Timothee Chelamet, Joel Edgerton, and Robert Pattinson.

Ad Astra

Of course, Hollywood isn’t left behind; its addition of the science fiction adventure film increases the hype for the festival. ‘Ad Astra’ follows an astronaut who travels to the outer edges of the solar system in search of his father. The James Gray film stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, and Ruth Negga. The story is epic and the biggest contender for the film title.

2019 Venice Film Festival Leone PalazzoSource: Cinemontage


Among the competition line-up in the festival is the psychological thriller movie from the DC comics. ‘Joker’ tells the story of a stand-up comedian who falls off the rails and turns into a life of crime. Apart from the harlequin makeup that stands out, Todd Philip outdid himself in building study characters. Besides, Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as the super-villain is Oscar-worthy.


Eliza Scanlen stars as a seriously ill teenage girl who is in love with a drug dealer. The film is a bittersweet comedy with a hint of drama produced by Shannon Murphy. It is a compelling story and ‘beautifully Australian’ according to Ben Mendelsohn starring in the movie as the heroine’s father. Mendelsohn, an Emmy winner, is returning to Australia after nine years in Hollywood. Essie Davis plays the role of a worried mother.

The Perfect Candidate

Among the films chosen to compete for the Venice Film Festival, is the Saudi Arabian movie ‘The Perfect Candidate.’ Haifaa Al Mansour brings out the role of women in Saudi society in building a better future. The film rolls out a tale of a female Saudi doctor who defies all odds by running for office in the municipal council.


Pablo Larrain is a fantastic filmmaker from Chile with a loyal following from the Spanish Indie movies. After his film, ‘Jackie,’ Pablo is making a comeback in Chile with ‘Ema.’ The drama sets feature Mariana Di Girolamo as Ema, Cristian Suares, and Gael Garcia Bernal. It is a tale of the complexities of family life and adoption.

About Endlessness

The Swedish movie is an epic reflection of human life. Roy Andersson’s film ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’ won the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice film festival. ‘About Endlessness’ could be headed in the same direction, and it is definitely worth watching.

Argentinian director, Lucrecia Martel is the president of the jury. The opening film is ‘The Truth’ and the closing movie will be ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy.’ Mark the date for the Venice Film Festival on your calendar for an unforgettable film experience.