Must-see films at the 2022 Venice Film Festival

Programming for this year’s 79th Venice International Film Festival is arguably one of the strongest in recent memory, with new works from acclaimed directors such as Darren Aronofsky, Noah Baumbach, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Todd Field, Luca Guadagnino and Joanna Hogg, among others, and film premieres waiting breathlessly like Blond and don’t worry darling.

From August 31 to September 10, the festival presents 24 films in competition, 18 films on view at Orizzonti, nine at Orizzonti Extra and more than a dozen screenings out of competition, not to mention countless short films and virtual art. which will be presented on the Lido.

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Below, A.frame has selected 15 of the most must-see films from this year’s must-see list.

Martin McDonagh returns to Venice five years after winning the Golden Osella for Three billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri. (That movie would go on to earn seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and win two.) The Banshees of Inisherin reunites McDonagh with his In Brugge stars, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, who play best friends who inexplicably fight. (Watch the trailer.)

When it appears: The Banshee of Inisherin has screenings on September 5 and 6.


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Alejandro G. Iñárritu, four-time Oscar winner (birdman and The ghost) participates in the festival competition for the third time with Bard, about a Mexican journalist who experiences an existential crisis when he returns home after winning a prestigious award. The film has already been acquired by Netflix and is set to hit theaters and the streamer later this year.

When it appears: Bardo, false chronicle of a handful of truths has screenings on September 1 and 2.


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The Marilyn Monroe pseudo-biopic has already generated plenty of takes ahead of its Venice premieres. Adapted by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) from the book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, Blond casts Ana de Armas as the titular bombshell and is sure to leave all of Italy in turmoil. (Watch the trailer.)

When it appears: Blond has screenings on September 8 and 9.


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Luca Guadagnino competed for the first time in Venice with his directorial debut, The protagonistsin 1999 and has returned several times over the years, most recently with 2018 sighed. His latest is bones and alla cannibalistic coming-of-age love story that reunites the director with his Call me by your star name, Timothée Chalamet. (Watch the trailer.)

When it appears: bones and all has screenings on September 2 and 3.


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Second feature film by Olivia Wilde, the highly anticipated don’t worry darling, will have its world premiere out of competition at the Venice Film Festival. The film’s star-studded cast is led by Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, playing a couple who move to an idyllic community with grim underbelly. (Watch the trailer.)

When it appears: don’t worry darling has screenings on September 5 and 6.


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Joanna Hogg competes for the first time in Venice with The Eternal Daughter. (His last film, The memory: part twodebuted at Cannes.) Inspired by Hogg’s own relationship with his mother, the film is about an artist (Tilda Swinton) who must confront her past when she visits an old family home with her elderly mother.

When it appears: The Eternal Daughter has screenings September 5-7.


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A decade after winning the festival’s special jury prize for the years 2011 Terrafermadirector Emanuele Crialese returns to Venice with this drama about a mother (played by Penélope Cruz) who moves to Rome with her husband and children in the 1970s. There she struggles with her loveless marriage and with the connection to his elder and his new identity.

When it appears: the immensity has screenings on September 4 and 5.


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Japanese screenwriter and director Kôji Fukada, who won the Cannes Un Certain Regard award with 2016 Fuchi ni tatsu — made his debut in Venice with Love lifea film about a woman whose peaceful life with her son and husband is turned upside down after a tragic accident reunites her with the father of her long-lost son.

When it appears: Love life has screenings September 4-6.


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Monica marks the fourth feature film by Italian filmmaker Andrea Pallaoro and his third consecutive film to compete in Venice. Trace Lysette plays the title role of Monica, a woman who returns home for the first time since her teenage years to reconnect with her family. Patricia Clarkson, Emily Browning and Adriana Barraza also star.

When it appears: Monica has screenings September 2-4.


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Upon the release of his grindhouse horror film, Xdirector Ti West has revealed he secretly shot a prequel, pearl, the premiere of which is out of competition in Venice. Set decades before XMia Goth reprises her role as Pearl, a murderous young woman who will anything become a star. (Watch the trailer.)

When it appears: pearl has screenings on September 3 and again on September 10.


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French director and documentary maker Alice Diop makes her Lido debut with her first narrative feature, Saint Omer, about a young novelist (Kayije Kagame) who attends the trial of a woman accused of killing her 15-month-old baby. It’s a movie about motherhood and the mythology and the myths we tell ourselves about being a mom.

When it appears: Saint Omer has screenings September 6-8.


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At Florian Zeller’s The father premiered at Sundance in 2020 and earned six Oscar nominations and won two: Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins and Best Adapted Screenplay for Zeller. He brings The son in Venice, starring Hugh Jackman as a man whose life is turned upside down when his ex-wife and teenage son show up. Vanessa Kirby, Laura Dern and Hopkins also star.

When it appears: The son has screenings on September 7 and 8.


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Todd Field, three-time Oscar nominee (In the bedroom and Small children) is in competition in Venice for the first time with its first feature film in 16 years. TAR stars Cate Blanchett as the eponymous Lydia Tár, world-renowned composer and first female conductor of a German orchestra. (Watch the trailer.)

When it appears: TAR has screenings from August 31 to September 31. 2.


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Oscar nominee Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) is making a comeback in Venice with The whale. (This is the fifth time the filmmaker has visited Venice and the first since his debut mother! in 2017.) Based on a play by Samuel D. Hunter, the drama follows a reclusive English teacher (Brendan Fraser) who tries to reconnect with his teenage daughter (Sadie Sink).

When it appears: The whale has screenings September 3-5.


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Noah Baumbach, who last visited Venice with the 2019s Marriage storyis back at the Lido with White noise, adapted from Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name. Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig star in the family comedy about the “universal mysteries of love, death and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world.” (Watch the trailer.)

When it appears: White noise opens the festival on August 31 and is screened again on September 1.

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