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VENICE 2020 Out of Competition

Quentin Dupieux, Luca Guadagnino and Abel Ferrara selected out of competition on the Lido

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- Lasciami andare by Stefano Mordini will be Venice’s closing film; the special events include the series 30 Coins, directed by Álex de la Iglesia

Quentin Dupieux, Luca Guadagnino and Abel Ferrara selected out of competition on the Lido
Mandibles by Quentin Dupieux

Eight fiction films and 11 non-fiction titles, plus three special screenings, comprise the jam-packed Out of Competition programme of the 77th Venice Film Festival (2-12 September), as announced by artistic director Alberto Barbera this morning during a live-streamed press conference (see the news on the Venice 77 and Orizzonti competitions).

Among the works of fiction on this list, besides the previously announced opening film (The Ties [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Daniele Luchetti
film profile
]
by Daniele Luchetti – see the news), is also the movie that will have the honour of closing this year’s Mostra: it will be another Italian title, Lasciami andare [+see also:
trailer
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]
by Stefano Mordini, a psychological thriller filmed during the period of high water levels in Venice, starring Valeria Golino, Stefano Accorsi, Maya Sansa and Serena Rossi. In the same section is Assandira [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Salvatore Mereu
film profile
]
by Salvatore Mereu, an “unmissable” film, according to Barbera, starring Fabrizio Rongione, Barbora Bobulova, and author and poet Gavino Ledda. Set in rural Sardinia, it hinges on an agritourism business that aims to enable people, particularly tourists from Northern Europe, to immerse themselves in the traditional bucolic way of life on Sardinia.

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From the UK comes The Duke [+see also:
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by Roger Michell (Notting Hill), the true story of a taxi driver who, in 1961, stole a Goya portrait from the National Gallery in exchange for an unusual ransom, a film starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent “that takes its cue from Ken Loach”, as specified by Barbera. From Poland comes Mosquito State [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Filip Jan Rymsza, a “curious, unclassifiable movie teetering between science fiction and horror”, while rocking up from France is the “surreal and absurd” Mandibles [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Quentin Dupieux
film profile
]
by Quentin Dupieux.

Standing out among the non-fiction titles out of competition, in addition to the pre-opening film by Andrea Segre (see the news), is Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
by Luca Guadagnino, a “fearless biopic” that pieces together the fascinating human, artistic and entrepreneurial story of cobbler to the stars Salvatore Ferragamo, from his childhood in Bonito (Avellino), where he made his very first shoes, to his voyage to America in search of his fortune, from his experiences in Hollywood to his return to Italy, and from his near-bankruptcy to the renaissance of his Florence workshop.

Furthermore, other titles announced, again out of competition, are I Am Treta [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nathan Grossman
film profile
]
by Nathan Grosmann, on young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg; The Truth About La Dolce Vita [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Giuseppe Pedersoli
film profile
]
by Giuseppe Pedersoli, an original tale about birth, disaster foretold, and the myth of the world’s most famous Italian film; Sportin' Life [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
by Abel Ferrara, an ode to cinema and music, which cements the friendship between the US director and actor Willem Dafoe; the British title Final Account [+see also:
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]
by Luke Holland, “a dense and original account of the Holocaust”; and Paolo Conte, via con me [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
by Giorgio Verdelli, an ironic portrait of one of the greatest artists in Italian music, through music, exclusive interviews and unseen footage. Among the non-European titles are Crazy, Not Insane by Alex Gibney (USA), about the professional escapades of an American criminologist dealing with serial killers who were recorded while under hypnosis, and City Hall by Frederick Wiseman.

Finally, standing out among the special special screenings is the first episode of 30 Coins, the horror series directed by Álex de la Iglesia for HBO Spain.

UPDATE 3 August: Two films have been added to the Out Of Competition line-up, The Human Voice by Pedro Almodóvar and One Night in Miami by Regina King.

UPDATE 11 August: Two more films round out the Out Of Competition line-up, Fiori, Fiori, Fiori! by Luca Guadagnino and Run Hide Fight by Kyle Rankin.

Here is the complete list of films:

Out of Competition

Fiction

The Ties [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Daniele Luchetti
film profile
]
- Daniele Luchetti (Italy) (opening film)
Lasciami andare [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Stefano Mordini (Italy) (closing film)
Mandibles [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Quentin Dupieux
film profile
]
- Quentin Dupieux (France/Belgium)
Love After Love - Ann Hui (China)
Assandira [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Salvatore Mereu
film profile
]
- Salvatore Mereu (Italy)
The Duke [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
- Roger Michell (UK)
Night in Paradise - Park Hoon-Jung (South Korea)
Mosquito State [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Filip Jan Rymsza (Poland)
The Human Voice - Pedro Almodóvar (Spain) (short film)
One Night in Miami - Regina King (USA)
Run Hide FightKyle Rankin (USA)

Fiction - Special Screenings

30 Coins - Álex de la Iglesia (Spain) (series)
Princesse Europe [+see also:
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trailer
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]
- Camille Lotteau (France)
Omelia contadina - Alice Rohrwacher, JR (Italy/France) (short film)

Non-fiction

Molecole [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Andrea Segre
film profile
]
- Andrea Segre (Italy) (pre-opening film)
Sportin' Life
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Abel Ferrara (Italy)
Crazy, Not Insane - Alex Gibney (USA)
I Am Greta [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nathan Grossman
film profile
]
- Nathan Grossman (Sweden)
Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Luca Guadagnino (Italy)
Final Account [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Luke Holland (UK)
The Truth About La Dolce Vita [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Giuseppe Pedersoli
film profile
]
- Giuseppe Pedersoli (Italy)
Narciso em férias - Renato Terra, Ricardo Calil (Brazil)
Paolo Conte, via con me [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Giorgio Verdelli (Italy)
Hopper/Welles - Orson Welles (USA)
City Hall - Frederick Wiseman (USA)
Fiori, Fiori, Fiori! - Luca Guadagnino (Italy) (short film)

Biennale College Cinema

The Art of Return [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Pedro Collantes
film profile
]
 - Pedro Collantes (Spain/Italy)
Fucking with Nobody [+see also:
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film profile
]
- Hannaleena Hauru (Finland/Italy)

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(Translated from Italian)

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