Rome, Jul 26 (EFE) .- The Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín, the Mexican Michel Franco, the Venezuelan Lorenzo Vigas and the Argentine duo Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn will compete with their films for the Golden Lion at the 78th Venice Film Festival .
The director of the contest, Alberto Barbera, announced this poker of aces of Latin American cinema, all of them old acquaintances of the Mostra, which this year will be held between September 1 and 11, with a significant Hispanic presence.
Larraín will compete in the Official Selection with “Spencer”, the story of Diana of Wales starring Kristen Stewart, a true return for the filmmaker to the Lido, where in the past he took films such as “Post Mortem” (2010); “Jackie” (2016) or “Ema” (2019).
Lorenzo Vigas, the first Latin American to win the Golden Lion in 2015 with “From there”, will return to the Mostra with “La caja”, starring Hernán Mendoza and Hatzín Navarrete.
The Mexican Franco, Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize last year for “Nuevo Orden”, will compete for the highest award with “Sundown”, which has a cast consisting of Tim Roth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Iazua Larios and Henry Goodman, among others.
Duprat and Cohn will compete for the Golden Lion with “Official Competition”, starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez, who precisely won the Volpi Cup in Venice for best actor for “The illustrious citizen” (2016), the previous work of the Argentine duo.
These are four of the 21 titles that make up the race for the Golden Lion, which includes other great names such as Paolo Sorrentino, New Zealander Jane Campion and Americans Paul Schrader and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The author of “The great beauty” (2014) will aspire for the first time to the highest award of the Italian contest with “È stata la mano di Dio” (It has been the hand of God), inspired by the nickname of Diego Armando Maradona, of which is a faithful follower.
Schrader will do it with “The card counter”, with Oscar Isaac and Willerm Dafoe, a story about “the desire for revenge” in Guantánamo, in the words of Barbera, while Gyllenhaal will compete with “The lost daughter”, his debut film starring Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, and Peter Sarsgaard.
While Jane Campion will present “The power of the dog”, a feature film with which she returns to the cinema 12 years after “Bright Star”. Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee star in their new work.
And as previously announced, the Venetian Official Selection “Parallel Mothers” will open, the latest work by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, with Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Julieta Serrano and Rossy de Palma.
The rest of the films in competition are “Mona Lisa and the blood moon” by the American Ana Lily Amirpour; “Un autre monde”, by the Frenchman Stéphane Brizé, and “América Latina”, by the Italian brothers Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo.
También “L’Événement”, by the French Audrey Diwan; “The hole”, by Michelangelo Frammartino; “Illusions perdues”, by the galo Xavier Giannoli, with Xavier Dolan in the department; “Freaks out”, by the Italian Gabriele Mainetti; “Qui rido io”, by Italian Mario Martone, and “On the job: The missing 8” by Filipino Erik Matti.
They complete the official selection “Leave no traces”, by the Polish Jan Pawel Matuszynski; “Captain Volconogov escaped”, by the Russian Natasha Merkulova, and “Reflection”, by the Ukrainian Valentin Vasianovich.
The Venice Mostra, the oldest international event in the world and one of the most prestigious, plans to welcome the stars again, after last year’s edition, watered down by the pandemic due to restrictions.
On the other hand, “Dune”, the adaptation of Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction classic, starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Javier Bardem, as well as “The last duel” by Ridley Scott, will be released out of competition.
Also out of competition will be exhibited “Last night in Soho”, by Edgar Wright, with Anya Taylor-Joy, and “Halloween Kills”, the sequel to the mythical horror saga now shot by David Gordon Green and which will mean the return of the “lady of the screams”, Jamie Lee Curtis.
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