With the world premieres of Oscar hopefuls such as "First Man", "ROMA", "Suspiria" and "A Star is Born", the oldest film festival in the world once again positions itself as one of the main characters of the award season.
When it comes to launching a successful Oscar campaign, Hollywood publicity writers now have the name of a man on the speed dial: Alberto Barbera
The Venice Film Fest Topper has proven to be the lucky charm for Oscar hopefuls. Upon his return to Venice in 2011 (he surpassed the festival from 1999 to 2002), Barbera has successfully transformed the world's oldest film festival into a premier platform for award season candidates. Barbera has been five for five in the last five years, with a film premiere at Lido winning either the best picture and / or best director: Gravity Birdman Spotlight La La Land and The shape of the water .
For its 75th edition, which begins on August 29th, Venice is doubling its Oscar winning streak with a line-up of studio and independent films hoping to make its way to fame in Italy. Last year's winner of the Golden Lion, Guillermo del Toro, will mark the jury this year.
Barbera appeared at a press conference Wednesday to unveil the rest of the cast.
The festival previously said it would open with Academy favorite Damien Chazelle's First Man . The Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy is already a clear Oscar favorite and a super safe bet to kick off the celebrations in Venice in the face of star power.
Alfonso Cuaron eagerly awaits ROMA is another international premiere with an impressive Oscar credo. Cuaron shifts himself as a filmmaker back into this floating, autobiographically inspired black and white story that takes place during Mexico in the 1
Fresh from the awards of the season Success of Call me by your name Italian helm Luca Guadagnino will be remake of Dario Argento's seminal horror film Suspiria with Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton. Although earlier footage left viewers and the Academy usually scoffs at the horror genre, it would be Guadagnino if anyone could close the gap.
The Coen Brothers will present their upcoming Netflix miniseries The Ballad of Buster Scruggs a Western anthology that follows six different storylines. It is the first digitally filmed project of its kind.
Julian Schnabel's New Biofilm At Eternity's Gate with Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh is already said to have Oscar potential. Oscar Isaac, Rupert Friend and Mads Mikkelsen co-star.
And Jacques Audiard will bring The Sisters Brothers to the Lido, over a pair of killers (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) who pursue a gold prospector in Oregon in the 1850s. Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed also play a major role.
Paul Greengrass & # 39; July 22 describes the 2011 terrorist attack in the international films of the contest, which killed 77 people in Norway
Mario Martone Capri Revolution  tells the story of the commune of European artists in 1914 on the island off the coast of Naples, while Italy is on the verge of war.
And the Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes will premiere Sunset about a girl who grew up in Budapest before the First World War. This is his second feature after winning the Best Foreign Language Oscar for Saul's son .
Britain is represented by Mike Leigh Peterloo who describes the 1819 massacre in which troops attacked a peaceful rally for a democracy in Manchester. Bradley Cooper's directorial debut with Lady Gaga, A Star is Born which premiered outside the competition, would be the first of its four iterations that would receive no Academy love if it had not received a variety of categories. Cooper's version may be the one that breaks the curse of Star : the feature creates a strong buzz and has already been placed on the early lists of many experts as a possible Best Picture contender.
While other European festivals are struggling to attract A-list talent, Venice wants to consolidate its position as a full-fledged part of the Oscar advertising machinery. The festival announced del Toro as head of the international jury, just weeks before the Mexican won the Best Picture for The Shape of Water at this year's Oscars. And Venice often emphasizes its Oscar credibility in all official announcements, including victories in technical categories.
Most studio recordings that start on the Lido will also go to Toronto and Telluride, where the majority of North American journalists will watch you (Venice is still one of the most expensive festivals to attend). But in terms of buzz, few events can compete with Venice.
With more than 2,000 international journalists, Venice also offers a one-stop junket shop for movies that launches a global marketing campaign. Each title is guaranteed to be Venice's glamorous boat shots embarrassing the red carpets of Toronto or Telluride. Even the smaller premieres make for a lot of marketing without the stress of Cannes or Berlin.
Jonathan Rutter, director of Film at Premier, who last year in Venice launched the launch of The Shape of Water and Three Billboards, said the Lido was his favorite foundation, "because the focus in Venice is on the films themselves The festival tends to get a better caliber of film journalists.Most of the major international outlets are present, so if you get five star ratings quickly register. "At the same time, Cannes feels less inclined to crucify something.
But this commercial also carries risks, especially for edgy films that find Venice's critics and the accompanying Twitter Filmmafia, can make or break a movie within hours of its festival premiere. The lukewarm reaction to Mother! Last year, Darren Aronofsky, during the press conference, defensively explained and persuaded his horror melodrama. The film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Ed Harris did not manage to put steam on stage. The Academy snubbed Mother! although the film received 3 Razzie nominations.
Rutter gives Barbera most of the festival's success in recent years. "I think Alberto Barbera has done a great job in maintaining relationships with the studios and distribution companies and selecting films that the press and industry are genuinely looking forward to," he says. "He has not fallen into the trap of dubbing the festival – if you have a smaller film in Venice, it's easier to attract attention than in Berlin or Cannes, because journalists actually have time to watch titles in sidebars." Barbera is also very visible during the festival. "
This year, the selected films are well prepared in advance, with their discussion points well planned for a rollout campaign. Publicists will advise the stars to lay the foundation for shaping their Oscar campaigns during the long awards season and hopefully help them avoid burnout.
Barbera remains future-oriented with the festival. While Cannes continues to argue with Netflix, Venice was the first festival that invited the streamer into its competition. Venice was also the first major festival to invest heavily in a VR contest, and now hosts its own VR Island, which coincides with the main festival to showcase directors trying to make art out of technology.
Special screenings include the highly anticipated debut of HBO's series My Brilliant Friend, based on Elena Ferrante's best-selling Neapolitan Novels. By showing the close relationship of two women throughout their lifetime, the books captured the imagination of readers around the world. Hungry Hearts Director Saverio Costanzo directs the series
The 75th Venice Film Festival takes place from 29th September to 29th September. 8.
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First Man Damien Chazelle (opening film)
The mountain Rick Alverson
Double Vies Olivier Assayas
The Sisters Brothers Jacques Audiard
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Vox Lux Brady Corbet
Roma Alfonso Cuaron
July 22 Paul Greengrass  Suspiria Luca Guadagnino  Opera Senza Autore Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck
The Nightingale Jennifer Kent
The Favorite Yorgos Lanthimos
Peterloo Mike Leigh
Capri Revolution Mario Martone
What you will do Wh en The world is in flames Roberto Minervini
Sunset Laszlo Nemes
Freres Ennemis David Oelhoffen
Nuestro Tiempo Carlos Reygadas
At Eternity Gate Julian Schnabel
Acusada Gonzalo Tobal
Kill Shinya Tsukamoto
OUT THE COMPETITION PARTICULAR EVENTS
My Brilliant Friend Elena Ferrante
The Other Side of the Wind Orson Welles
You will love me if I dead Morgan Neville
OUTSIDE THE COMPETITION FILMS
Towing concrete p. Craig Zahler
Una Storia Senza Nome Roberto Ando
Les Estivanta Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
A star is born Bradley Cooper  Mi Obra Maestra Gaston Duprat
A tram in Jerusalem Amos Gitai
Un Peuple et Son Roi Pierre Schoeller
La Quietud Pablo Trapero
Shadow Zhang Yimou
Sulla Mia Pelle, Alessio Cremonini (19659003) Manta Ray,  Soni, Ivan Ayr
The River, Emir Baigazin
La Noche de 12 Anos, Alvaro Brechner
Deslembro Flavia Castro
The Annunciation Mahmut Fazil Coskun  59003] Un Giorno All & # 39; Improvviso Ciro D & # 39; Emilio
Charlie says Mary Harron
Amanda Mikhäel Hers
The day I lost my shadow Thus, Udade Kaadan
L & # 39; Enkas Sarah Marx
The man who surprised everyone Natasha Merkulova, Aleksei Chupov
Memories of my body Garin Nugroho
How I Die, Mostafa Sayyari
La Profezia Dell & Armadillo Emanuele Saringi
Stripped Yaron Shani  Jinpa Pema Tseden
Tel Aviv on Fire Sameh Zoabi