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Movies Selected in Competition of Venice International Film Festival 2016

The 73rd annual Venice International Film Festival is scheduled to be held from 31 August to 10 September 2016. English director Sam Mendes has been announced as the President of the Jury for the main competition. Here is the list of movies selected in the category of international competition.


Arrival (2016)

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
With Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.

The Bad Batch (2016)

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
With Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, Diego Luna

A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.

The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez (2016)

Directed by Wim Wenders
With Reda Kateb, Sophie Semin, Jens Harzer, Nick Cave

A beautiful summer day. A garden. A terrace. A woman and a man sit at a table beneath the trees, with a soft summer wind. In the distance, in the vast plain, the silhouette of Paris. A conversation begins: questions and answers between the woman and the man. It deals with sexual experiences, childhood, memories, the essence of summer and the difference between men and women. It illustrates both, ...

Brimstone (2016)

Directed by Martin Koolhoven
With Kit Harington, Dakota Fanning, Carice van Houten, Guy Pearce

From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.

El ciudadano ilustre (2016)

Directed by Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn
With Oscar Martínez, Dady Brieva, Andrea Frigerio, Belén Chavanne

After refusing big and prestigious awards all over the world, Mr. Mantovani, Literature Nobel Prize winner, accepts an invitation to visit his hometown in Argentina, which has been the inspiration for all of his books. It turns out that accepting this invitation is the worse idea of his life. Expect the unexpected when you have used real people as characters in your novels!

El Cristo ciego (2016)

Directed by Christopher Murray
With Michael Silva

Rafael is an inhabitant of a remote village in the Chilean desert. But not any inhabitant. He is Christ.

Frantz (2016)

Directed by François Ozon
With Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious French man who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers.

Jackie (2016)

Directed by Pablo Larraín
With Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup

An account of the days of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963.

La La Land (2016)

Directed by Damien Chazelle
With Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock

A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

Directed by Derek Cianfrance
With Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Florence Clery

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Directed by Tom Ford
With Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer

An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.

On the Milky Road (2016)

Directed by Emir Kusturica
With Monica Bellucci, Emir Kusturica, Sergej Trifunovic, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic

A story that stretches across war, blossoming love and living as a recluse.

Ray (2016)

Directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy
With Yuliya Vysotskaya, Christian Clauss, Philippe Duquesne, Peter Kurth

Follows three people whose paths cross during a terrible time of war: Olga, a Russian aristocratic emigrant and member of the French Resistance; Jules, a French collaborator; and Helmut, a high-ranking German SS officer.

Piuma (2016)

Directed by Roan Johnson
With Blu Yoshimi, Michela Cescon, Luigi Fedele, Francesco Colella

Piuma is the story of Ferro and Cate, your average couple. All of a sudden, an unexpected pregnancy turns their world upside down. Hesitant and tentative, the two main characters navigate the most exciting and complicated nine months of their lives, trying not to lose their purity and unique poetic air.

Questi giorni (2016)

Directed by Giuseppe Piccioni
With Laura Adriani, Margherita Buy, Giulio Corso, Marta Gastini

Spira Mirabilis (2016)

Directed by Massimo D'Anolfi, Martina Parenti
With Brett Brings Plenty, Coco Brings Plenty, Joe Brings Plenty, Mo Brings Plenty

The Untamed (2016)

Directed by Amat Escalante
With Kenny Johnston

Voyage of Time (2016)

Directed by Terrence Malick
With Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

An examination of the birth and death of the known universe.

Ang babaeng humayo (2016)

Directed by Lav Diaz
With Charo Santos-Concio, John Lloyd Cruz, Michael De Mesa, Nonie Buencamino

Une vie (2016)

Directed by Stéphane Brizé
With Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yolande Moreau, Swann Arlaud

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