Ana de Armas, Timothée Chalamet, Penélope Cruz… The stars expected at the Venice festival

From Penelope Cruz to Cate Blanchett via Catherine Deneuve and Timothée Chalamet, a shower of stars are expected at the 79th Venice Film Festival, where filmmakers Darren Aronofsky, Alejandro Inarritu and Luca Guadagnino will be in the running for the Golden Lion for Best Film . In total, 23 films will be in competition at this Mostra (August 31-September 10), which is intended to be “a window open to the world”, underlined during his online presentation the artistic director Alberto Barbera, denouncing in particular the detention of three filmmakers in Iran.

One of them, Jafar Panahi, who must serve a six-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime”, will also be in competition with “Kherst Nist” (“The bears do not exist”). France is particularly well represented this year with five films in competition: “The children of others” by Rebecca Zlotowski with Virginie Efira (“in a state of grace”, according to Barbera), “A couple” by Frederick Wiseman, “Miens” , a family portrait by Roschdy Zem, “Athena”, a fiction by Romain Gavras about a revolt in the suburbs, and “Saint Omer” by Alice Diop, a first film tackling the delicate theme of infanticide.

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Hugh Jackman, Tilda Swinton et Adrien Brody

French filmmaker-writer Florian Zeller has hired Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern and Anthony Hopkins for the British production “Le fils”, adapted from his eponymous play on father-son relationships. There will be no shortage of stars this year on the red carpet at the Lido facing the sea: the Spanish actress Penelope Cruz is the protagonist of an Italian film, “The immensity” by Emanuele Crialese, while the Australian Cate Blanchett embodies a conductor in “TAR” by Todd Field.

This festival will also mark the return of American director Darren Aronofsky with “The whale”, taken from a play and with Brendan Fraser as headliner. Another big name: the Mexican Alejandro Inarritu, who will present a “very personal” film according to Barbera: “Bardo, the false chronicle of some truths”.

Highly anticipated, “Bones and all”, by the Italian Luca Guadagnino, features a Hollywood cast, from Timothée Chalamet to Chloë Sevigny. Britain’s Tilda Swinton will star in Joanna Hogg’s ‘The Eternal Daughter’, while Colin Farrell will star in Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’. Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde,” a Marilyn Monroe-inspired film starring Ana de Armas in the title role and Adrien Brody, is set to turn heads.

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The militant action of the artist photographer Nan Goldin will be at the center of “All the beauty and the bloodshed” by Laura Poitras, on the opiate scandal in the United States. And it is to “White noise” by Noah Baumbach, with Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, that will return the honor of opening the Venetian competition. The jury of the Mostra is chaired this year by the American actress Julianne Moore, surrounded in particular by the French director Audrey Diwan and the Nobel Prize for Literature Kazuo Ishiguro.

As always, the Mostra will also be marked by many events out of competition, such as the presentation of Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary “In viaggio” (“On a trip”), made from images of Pope Francis visiting the world. The din of war will reach the Lido, with two documentaries in particular: “Freedom on fire: Ukraine’s battle for freedom” by Evgeny Afineevsky, and “The Matchmaker” by Benedetta Argentieri, about a Briton who was recruiting on behalf of the Islamic State group.

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The French actress Isabelle Huppert, accustomed to the red carpets, will be present in the parallel section “Horizons” with “La syndicaliste” by Jean-Paul Salomé, while the very controversial Oliver Stone will present his documentary “Nucléaire”. Another French star, Catherine Deneuve, will receive an honorary Golden Lion. Finally, schoolgirls will not fail to swoon with the expected arrival of English pop phenomenon Harry Styles, who appears alongside Chris Pine on the poster of “Don’t worry, darling”, a psychological thriller by and with Olivia Wilde.