Competition titles include new films from Reichardt, Morris, Miyazaki, Glazer, Gitai, Gilliam, Frears.

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The 70th Venice International Film Festival includes an array of exciting new features, including films from Kelly Reichardt, Errol Morris, Jonathan Glazer, Terry Gilliam, Amos Gitai and Stephen Frears.

As previously announced Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity will open the festival and Thierry Ragobert’s Amazonia will close.

Director Bernardo Bertolucci will head the jury at the event, which runs from August 28 to September 7.

A total of 20 titles in all will compete for the festival’s Golden Lion award.

Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz playing a reclusive computer genius, and also features Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Melanie Thierry and David Thewlis.

Glazer is launching anticipated sci-fi Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson, while Reichardt’s thriller Night Moves stars Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard and Dakota Fanning as three environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam. Frears’ drama Philomena stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

Out-of-competition titles include and Kim Ki Duk’s controversial Moebius; Steven Knight’s Locke; previously announced The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan; Lee Sang-il’s Japenese-language remake Unforgiven, starring Ken Watanabe; Andrej Wajda and Ewa Brodzka’s Walesa: Man of Hope; and Ettore Scola’s Federico Fellini documentary.

Out of competition documentaries include Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie and Frederick Wiseman’s At Berkeley.

Highlights in the Horizons (Orizzoni) strand include Lukas Moodysson’s We are the Best!, Uberto Pasolini’s Still Life, Ti West’s The Sacrament, designer Agnes B’s Je m’appelle Hmmm…, and Gia Coppola’s James Franco adaptation Palo Alto, which also stars Franco.

A total of 33 nations are represented by films in the official selection including:

  • Italy: 21
  • US: 20
  • France: 12
  • UK: 7
  • Germany:  5
  • Japan: 5
  • Australia: 4

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Official selection

In Competition

  • Ana Arabia, Amos Gitai (Isr-Fra)
  • Child of God, James Franco (US)
  • Joe, David Gordon Green (US)
  • Kaze Tachinu, Hayao Miyazaki (Jap)
  • L’intrepido, Gianni Amelio (Italy)
  • La Jalousie, Philippe Garrel (Fra)
  • Miss Violence, Alexandros Avranas (Greece)
  • Night Moves, Kelly Reichardt (US)
  • Parkland, Peter Landesman (US)
  • Philomena, Stephen Frears (UK)
  • The Police Officer’s Wife, Philip Groning (Ger)
  • The Rooftops, Merzak Allouache (Alg-Fra)
  • Sacro Gra, Gianfranco Rosi (It)
  • Stray Dogs, Ming-liang Tsai (Chi-Fra)
  • Tom a la Ferme, Xavier Dolan (Can-Fra)
  • Tracks, John Curran (UK-Aus)
  • Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer (UK-US)
  • The Unknown Known, Errol Morris (US)
  • Via Castellana Bandiera, Emma Dante (It-Switz-Fra)
  • The Zero Theorem, Terry Gilliam (UK-US)

Out of Competition

  • Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Shinji Aramaki (Jap)
  • Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón (US)
  • Moebius, Ki-duk Kim (S Kor)
  • Locke, Steven Knight (UK)
  • Unforgiven, Sang-il Lee (Jan)
  • Wolf Creek 2, Greg McLean (Aus)
  • Home From Home - Chronicle of a Vision, Edgar Reitz (Ger)
  • Gondola, Paul Rudish, Aaron Springer, Clay Morrow (US)
  • The Canyons, Paul Schrader (US)
  • Che strano chiamarsi Federico Scola racconta Fellini, Ettore Scola (It)
  • Walesa. Man of Hope, Andrzej Wajda and Ewa Brodzka (Pol)

Out of Competition: Documentaries

  • Summer 82 When Zappa Came to Sicily, Salvo Cuccia (It-US)
  • Pine Ridge, Anna Eborn (Den)
  • The Armstrong Lie, Alex Gibney (US)
  • Redemption, Miguel Gomes (Port-Fra-Ger-It)
  • Ukraina is not  Brothel, Kitty Green (Aus)
  • Con il fiato sospeso, Costanza Quatriglio (It)
  • Amazonia, Thierry Ragobert (Fra-Bra)
  • La voce di Berlinguer, Mario Sesti, Teho Teardo (It)
  • ‘Til Madness Do Us Apart, Bing Wang (HK-Chi-Fra-Jap)
  • At Berkeley, Frederick Wiseman (US) 


  • Je m’appelle Hmmm…, Agnès B. (Fra)
  • Little Brother, Serik Aprymov (Kaz)
  • Il terzo tempo, Enrico Maria Artale (It)
  • Eastern Boys, Robin Campillo (Fra)
  • Palo Alto, Gia Coppola (US)
  • Ruin, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Micheal Cody (Aus)
  • Fish & Cat, Shahram Mokri (Iran)
  • We are the Best!, Lukas Moodysson (Swe-Den)
  • Wolfschildren, Rick Ostermann (Ger)
  • La vida después, David Pablos (Mex)
  • Algunas Chicas, Santiago Palavecino (Arg)
  • Medeas, Andrea Pallaoro (US-It)
  • Still Life, Uberto Pasolini (UK)
  • Piccola Patria, Piccola Patria (It)
  • La prima neve, Andrea Serge (It)
  • Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, Sono Sion (Jap)
  • The Sacrament, Ti West (US)

Horizons: Short Films

  • Quello che resta, Valeria Allievi (It)
  • Death for a Unicorn, Riccardo Bernasconi, Francesca Reverdito (Switz)
  • Kush, Shubhashish Bhutiani (Ind)
  • Toutes les belles choses, Cécile Bicler (Fra)
  • Un pensiero kalašnikov, Giorgio Bosisio (It-UK)
  • Aningaaq, Jonas Cuarón (US)
  • Blanco, Ignacio Gatica (Arg)
  • The Audition, Michael Haussman (It)
  • Hoses with Small Windows, Bülent Öztürk (Bel)
  • La Gallina, Manel Raga (Spa)
  • Minesh, Shalin Sirkar (S Afr-Ger-Den)
  • Stagnant Water, Wang Xiaowei (Chi)
  • Cold Snap, Leo Woodhead (NZ)
  • Blacone, Lendita Zeqiraj (Kos)