Noah Baumbach, Darren Aronofsky, Luca Guadagnino… The Venice Film Festival unveils the 2022 program

Guslagie Malanga in “Saint Omer”, Alice Diop, 2022

Guslagie Malanga in “Saint Omer”, Alice Diop, 2022

The prestigious Venice Film Festival has just unveiled the program for its 79e editing. This year, the Golden Lion of Honor will be awarded to the emblematic French actress Catherine Deneuve for her entire career. From August 31st to September 10e, big names in cinema such as Penelope Cruz, Adam Driver or Chloe Sevigny, will meet at the Lido of Venice for what promises to be an intense edition. The international jury, chaired by American actress Julianne Moore, will have the heavy task of designating the winner. Last year’s winner was director Audrey Diwan with her film The event (2021), based on the book of the same name by Annie Ernaux, about a young woman having a clandestine abortion in France in the 1960s.

This 79e edition features some of the most anticipated films of the year. The festival opens with the latest feature film by Noah Baumbach White noise, based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Don DeLillo. This satirical, absurd, horrifying and moving portrait of an American family forced to relocate as a toxic cloud threatens their town, features American actor Adam Driver , as well as actress and director Greta Gerwig, who happens to be Baumbach’s life partner. French director Alice Diop, who has already won a César with her short film Towards tenderness (2016), will represent France with his first feature film Saint Omer. The plot follows the trial of Laurence Coly at the Saint-Omer criminal court, under the watchful eye of a young novelist named Rama. The great American director Darren Aronofsky enters the competition with his new film The whale, which tells the story of a friendship between a young teenager and a morbidly obese man living as a hermit in his hometown of Idaho. The highly anticipated adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel Blond on the life of Marilyn Monroe, directed by Australian and New Zealander Andrew Dominik, will compete alongside the immensity, a variation on falling in love and falling in love in Rome in the 1970s, by Italian director Emanuele Crialese with Spanish actress Penelope Cruz. Luca Guadagnino, the Italian director behind Suspiria (2018) and call me by your name (2017), brings together Timothée Chalamet and Chloë Sevigny on bones and all, a cannibalistic, romantic horror odyssey about a young woman’s quest to find her father. American director and actress Olivia Wilde will present her next film don’t worry darlingwhich tells the story of a couple, played by Harry Styles and Florence Pugh, entering an ideal community with deceptive appearances in the 1950s. One of the pleasant surprises among the out-of-competition features is Pearl, The latest film from American horror filmmaker Ti West, co-written with British model and actress Mia Goth. Co-produced by A24 who also produced the series Euphoriathis slasher tells the story of a young girl (Mia Goth) ready to do anything for fame.

Complete range of 79e Venice International Film Festival:


White noise – Noah Baumbauch (Opening Film)

Il Signore Delle Formiche -Gianni Amelio

The whale -Darren Aronofsky

the immensity -Emmanuel Crialese

Saint Omer -Alice Diop

Blond -Andre Dominik

Tar – Todd field

Love life -Koji Fukada

Bardo, false chronicle of a handful of truths – Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Athena -Romain Gavras

bones and all -Luca Guadagnino

The Eternal Daughter -Joanna Hogg

beyond the wall -Vahid Jalilvand

The Banshees of Inisherin – Martin McDonagh

Argentina, 1985 – Santiago Miter

Chiara – Susanna Nicchiarelli

Monica -Andrea Pallaoro

no bear -Jafar Panahi

All the beauty and bloodshed -Laura Poitras

A couple – Frederick Wiseman

The son -Florian Zeller

Our ties – Roschdy Zem

Other people’s children -Rebecca Zlotowski

Out of Competition — Fiction

The hanging sun – Francesco Carrozzini (Closing film)

When the waves have passed -Lav Diaz

Living – Olivier Hermanus

dead for a dollar -Walter Hill

Call of God -Kim Ki-duk

dreaming wild -Bill Pohlad

master gardener -Paul Schrader

Drought -Paolo Virzi

pearl – Ti West

don’t worry darling – Olivia Wilde

Out of Competition — Non-fiction

Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s fight for freedom – Yevgeny Afineevsky

The matchmaker – Benedetta Argentieri

Gli Ultimi Giorni Dell’Umanita – Enrico Ghezzi and Alessandro Gagliardo

A compassionate spy -Steve James

Music for the Black Pigeons – Jorgen Leth and Andreas Koefoed

The kyiv trial – Sergei Loznitsa

In Viaggio -Gianfranco Rosi

Bobi Wine Ghetto President – Christopher Sharp and Moses Bwayo

Nuclear – Olive stone

Out of Competition – Short Films

Housemaid – Lucrece Martel

A war over – Simone Massy

In quanto a noi – Somine Massi

Look at me -Sally Potter

Out of Competition — TV Series

Exodus from the Kingdom – Lars von Trier

Copenhagen Cowboys – Nicolas Winding Refn


Princess – Roberto DePaolis

Victim – Michal Blasko

On the fringe -Juan Diego Botto

Trenqué Lauquen – Laura Citarelle

Vera – Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel

Innocence – Guy Davidi
-Fernando Guzzoni

For France -Rachid Hami

A man -Kei Ishikawa

bread and salt -Damien Kocur

Luxemburg, Luxemburg -Antonio Lukich

Ti Mangio Il Cuore – Pippo Mezzapesa

North -Mihai Mincan

Autobiography – Makbul Mubarak

The Syndicalist – Jean-Paul Salome

World War III – Houman Seyedi

The happiest man in the world – Teona Strugar Mitevska

The bride – Sergio Trefaut

Additional horizons

Origin of evil – Sébastien Mariner (Opening film)

Hanging gardens – Ahmed Yassine Al Daradji

Amanda -Caroline Cavalli

Zapatos Rojos – Carlos Eichelmann Kaiser

Nezhou – Kaadan Soudade

Note Fantasma – Fulvio Risuleo

Without her -Arian Vazirdaftari

Valeria is getting married -Michael Vinik

Goliath – Adilkhan Yerjanov

Classics of Venice – non-fiction

rag tag – Giuseppe Boccassini

Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy -Nancy Buirski

Pieces of paradise -KD Davison

Franco Zeffirelli, ribald conformist – Anselma Dell’Olio

Jerry Schatzberg, landscape portrait – Pierre Filmon

Godard alone the cinema -Cyril Leuthy

The ghost of Richard Harris -Adrian Sibley

bonny -Simon Wallon

Sergio Leone – The Italian who invented America – Francesco Zipel

Biennale College Cinema

Come the tartarughe -Monica Dugo

banu -Tahmina Raphaëlle

mountain onion -Eldar Shibanov

Palimpsest – Hanna Vastinsalo

Venice Immersive VR – Out of Competition

Elele -Sjoerd van Acker

Mono -Chiara Troisi

Chroma 11 – Tsang Tsui Shan