All you need to know about the Venice Film Festival 2023

The Venice Film Festival returns from 30 August to 11 September in the most romantic city in the world. Despite the turmoil of the screenwriters’ strike, the world of cinema has responded. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 edition.


Despite predictions of complications due to the screenwriters’ strike, the full programming of the Venice International Film Festival is less disrupted than some thought.


For three months now, screenwriters have been making their voices heard by paralyzing the production of a large number of series. They are demanding higher pay, minimum employment guarantees and a greater share of the profits generated by streaming. A demonstration that continues and that reached yesterday the only one of the 100 days of strike.


This year, the 80th edition will feature films by great American directors, as well as a list of screenwriters from Europe, Asia and Latin America.



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Between tensions, expected feature films and new recruits, discover without further delay what you need to know, at J – 19 of the opening of the festival.

An offbeat opening and an exceptional jury


While the programming of the Mostra is becoming clearer every day, the opening film has been replaced. The film Challengers, starring actress Zendaya, was to open this 80th ceremony, but due to the strikes, it was replaced by Comandante d’Edoardo de Angelis.



The ultimate grail of the Venice Film Festival is the Golden Lion, the prize that all directors covet with each new edition. This year, the jury that will have the heavy task of awarding it is composed of director Damien Chazelle, to whom we owe La La Land, First Man and more recently Babylon. He will be accompanied by Jane Campion (Silver Lion for Best Director in 2021), French director Mia Hansen-Løve, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras (winner of the 2022 Golden Lion) and Chinese actress Shu Qi.



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The Italian Gabriele Mainetti, the Irish screenwriter and filmmaker Martin McDonagh (Silver Lion of the screenplay in 2017), the Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri, and the Argentine director Santiago Mitre complete the jury.


The selection for the Lion of the Future will be chaired by Alice Diop, director and regular of the festival since she won the Silver Lion last year.


Competing for the Golden Lion


This year, the main selection brings together a variety of works including The Promised Land with Mads Mikkelsen, The Beast by Bertrand Bonnelo with Léa Seydoux, Hors Saison by Stéphane Brizé with Guillaume Canet, Maestro, biopic dedicated to Leonard Bernstein, legendary composer of West Side Story, by and with Bradley Cooper and David Fincher’s The Killer.


Sofia Coppola will also present a biopic, that of Priscilla Presley, while Michael Mann will defend the one on Enzo Ferrari with Adam Driver in the skin of the car manufacturer. Pablo Larraín and Yórgos Lánthimos will defend El Condo and Poor Things respectively.


Of the 23 titles confirmed in competition, 15 films are directed by filmmakers who participate in the Venice Film Festival for the first time.


A new edition against a backdrop of controversy


One of the greatest debates of the 7th art, and more generally of the art world: should we separate the man from the artist?


A divisive and controversial issue. Among the programming of this new Italian edition, three names of controversial directors have crept in: Luc Besson, Roman Polanski and Woody Allen.


The first two come to present out of competition The Palace and Coup de Chance. Luc Besson competes with his new psychological drama Dogman.


A rather surprising selection, when we know that the three men are or have been subject to sexual assault charges, most of which have been dismissed.


Between dramas, cancellations and newcomers, the 80th edition of the Venice Film Festival is likely to be colorful and bouncing.


Discover all the films in the selection.

In competition


The Promised Land of Nikolaj Arcel

Dogman of Luc Besson

La Bête of Bertrand Bonello

Hors-Saison of Stéphane Brizé

Enea of Pietro Castellitto

Comandante of Edoardo de Angelis (Ouverture)

Maestro of Bradley Cooper

Priscilla of Sofia Coppola

Finalmente L’Alba of Saverio Costanzo

Lubo ofGiorgio Diritti

Origin of Ava DuVernay

The Killer of David Fincher

Memory of Michel Franco

Io Capitano of Matteo Garrone

Evil Does Not Exist of Ryusuke Hamaguchi

The Green Border of Agnieszka Holland

Die Theorie Von Allem of Timm Kroger

Pauvres créatures of Yorgos Lanthimos

El Conde of Pablo Larrain

Ferrari of Michael Mann

Adagio of Stefano Sollima

Woman Of of Malgorzata Szumowska & Michal Englert

Holly of Fien Troch

Out of competition


Coup de Chance of Woody Allen

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar of Wes Anderson

The Penitent of Luca Barbareschi

L’Ordine del Tempo of Liliana Cavani

Vivants of Alix Delaporte

Daaaaaali! of Quentin Dupieux

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial of William Friedkin

Aggro Dr1ft of Harmony Korine

HitMan of Richard Linklater

The Palace of Roman Polanski

Snow Leopard of Pema Tseden

Hollywoodgate of Ibrahim Nash’at

Amor ofVirginia Eleuteri Serpieri

Ryuichi Sakamoto Opus of Neo Sora

Frente a Guernica  of Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi

Enzo Jannacci Vengo Anch’io of Giorgio Verdelli

Menus Plaisirs – Les Troisgros  of Frederick Wiseman



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