Six Italian directors are in the running for the Golden Lion at the 80th annual Venice Film Festival (August 30- September 9), while Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida will be celebrated at the pre-opening.
The icon of Italian cinema who passed away in January will be tributed with a double-feature screening in the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido di Venezia.
Portrait of Gina (1958, 27’) by Orson Welles will be presented as a world premiere in collaboration with Cinecittà, restored by Filmmuseum München.
La provinciale (1953, 113’) by Mario Soldati will also be presented as a world premiere, restored by the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, in collaboration with Compass Film.
Returning to the Festival, the Italian films are: Comandante by Edoardo De Angelis starring Pierfrancesco Favino, which will have its would première as the opening film in competition; Io Capitano by Matteo Garrone; Finalmente l'alba by Saverio Costanzo; Enea by Pietro Castellitto; Lubo by Giorgio Diritti; and Adagio by Stefano Sollima, again starring Favino alongside Toni Servillo and Valerio Mastandrea.
Foreign films in the competition line-up include Luc Besson's Dogma; Maestro, the second film directed by Bradley Cooper on the life story of composer Bernstein; Priscilla, Sofia Coppola's long-awaited new film on the true story of Elvis Presley's wife; The Killer, the new thriller by David Fincher starring Michael Fassbender; Poor Things by Yorgos Lantimos starring Emma Stone, a sort of female Frankenstein; El Conde by Pablo Larrain with a vampire Pinochet and Ferrari by Michael Mann with Adam Driver and Penelope Cruz.
New films by Woody Allen, Roman Polanski and Liliana Cavani will instead be showing out of competition.
In total there are 23 films in competition.