Wife of a Spy (Nikkatsu)

Source: Nikkatsu

‘Wife Of A Spy’

The line-up of the 77th Venice Film Festival (September 2-12) has been announced.

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The big talking points from this year’s selection include an improved gender split, with eight women selected for the competition section (compared to two last year), and a lack of major US projects. Venice will be one of the first major film festivals to take place as a physical event following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Among the big-name auteurs selected are Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), Michel Franco (Nuevo Orden), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Wife Of A Spy), Andrei Konchalovsky (Dear Comrades), Gianfranco Rosi (Notturno) and Malgorzata Szumowska (Never Gonna Snow Again, co-dircted by Michal Englert).

UK projects include Roger Michell’s The Duke, starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren; and Luke Holland documentary Final Account, both playing out of competition. There are also two UK co-pros playing in the Horizons section: UK/Portugal title Listen, from Portuguese director Ana Rocha de Sousa; and Uberto Pasolini’s Italy/Romania/UK project Nowhere Special starring James Norton.

As previously announced, Daniele Luchetti’s Lacci will open the festival out of competition. Nomadland, as part of a ’festival alliance’, will also play at Toronto, New York and a special drive-in screening organised by Telluride. 

Cate Blanchett will preside over the Competition jury that also includes Joanna Hogg and Christian Petzold.

At the press conference, festival director Alberto Barbera said more titles may be added closer to the festival.


Nomadland (US)
Dir. Chloe Zhao

Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bos & Her-Austria-Rom-Neth-Ger-Pol-Fr-Nor)
Dir. Jasmila Zbanic

And Tomorrow The Entire World (Ger-Fr)
Dir. Julia Von Heinz

The Disciple (India)
Dir. Chaitanya Tamhane

Never Gonna Snow Again (Pol-Ger)
Dir. Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert

Notturno (It-Fr-Ger)
Dir. Gianfranco Rosi

Padrenostro (It)
Dir. Claudio Noce

Miss Marx (It-Bel)
Dir. Susanna Nicchiarelli

Pieces Of A Woman (Can-Hun)
Dir. Kornel Mandruczo

Sun Children (Iran)
Dir. Majid Majidi

Wife Of A Spy (Jap)
Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Dear Comrades (Rus)
Dir. Andrei Konchalovsky

Laila In Haifa (Isr-Fr)
Dir. Amos Gitai

Lovers (Fr)
Dir. Nicole Garcia

Nuevo Orden (Mex-Fr)
Dir. Michel Franco

The World To Come (US)
Dir. Mona Fastvold

Le Sorelle Macaluso (It)
Dir. Emma Dante

In Between Dying (Az-US)
Dir. Hilal Baydarov

Out Of Competition - fiction

Lacci (It) - Opening Film
Dir. Daniele Luchetti

Mosquito State (Pol)
Dir. Filip Jan Rymsza

Night In Paradise (S Kor)
Dir. Park Hoon-Jung

The Duke (UK)
Dir. Roger Michell

Assandira (It)
Dir. Salvatore Mereu 

Love After Love (China)
Dir. Ann Hui

Mandibules (Fr-Bel)
Dir. Quentin Dupieux

Lasciami Andare (It) - Closing Film
Dir. Stafano Mordini

Out Of Competition - non-fiction

Sportin’ Life (It)
Dir. Abel Ferrara

Crazy, Not Insane (US)
Dir. Alex Gibney

Greta (Swe)
Dir. Nathan Grossman

Salvatore - Shoemaker of Dreams (It)
Dir. Luca Guadagnino

Final Account (UK)
Dir. Luke Holland

La Verita Su La Dolce Vita (It)
Dir. Giuseppe Pedersoli

Molecole (It)
Dir. Andrea Segre

Paolo Conte, Via Con Me (It)
Dir. Giorgio Verdelli

Narciso Em Ferias (Bra)
Dirs. Renato Terra, Ricardo Calil

Hopper/Welles (USA)
Dir. Orson Welles

City Hall (USA)
Dir. Frederick Wiseman

Out Of Competition - Special Screenings

Princesse Europe (Fra)
Dir. Camille Lotteau

30 Monedas - episode 1 (Spa) - series
Dir. Alex De La Iglesia


Apples (Greece-Pol-Slovenia) - Opening Film
Dir. Christos Nikou

La Troisième Guerre (Fra)
Dir. Giovanni Aloi

Milestone (India)
Dir. Ivan Ayr

The Wasteland (Iran)
Dir. Ahmad Bahrami

The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia-Fr-Ger-Bel-Swe)
Dir. Kaouther Ben Hania

I Predatori (It)
Dir. Pietro Castellitto

Mainstream (USA)
Dir. Gia Coppola

Genus Pan (Phil)
Dir. Lav Diaz

Zanka Contact (Fr-Mor-Bel)
Dir. Ismael El Iraki

Guerra E Pace (It-Switz)
Dirs. Martina Parenti, Massimo D’Anolfi

La Buit Des Rois (Ivory Coast-Fr-Can)
Dir. Philippe Lacote

The Furnace (Aus)
Dir. Roderick Mackay

Careless Crime (Iran)
Dir. Shahram Mokri

Gaza Mon Amour (Palestine-Fr-Ger-Port-Qat)
Dirs. Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser

Selva Tragica (Mex-Fr-Ger)
Dir. Yulene Olaizola

Nowhere Special (It-Rom-UK)
Dir. Uberto Pasolini

Listen (UK-Port)
Dir. Ana Rocha De Sousa

The Best Is Yet To Come (China)
Dir. Wang Jing

Yellow Cat (Kazakhstan-Fr)
Dir. Adilkhan Yerzhanov