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Top Venice sales titles: Oliver Stone, Laura Poitras and Paul Schrader's latest creations are worth checking out
No. No. Venice Film Festival , art director Alberto Barbera assembled one of the most carefully curated lineups of his career. Studios and streamers are well represented.
Netflix wins opening night success with Noah Baumbach ‘s ‘White Noise’ , buzz Buzz promises it will make Lido, with Andrew Dominic’s Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blonde , with Ana de A Maas together; Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Mexican epic Bardo, a false chronicle of a few truths ; and Romain Gavras’ French action thriller Athena .
Warner Bros. is a good representation of studio fare. Director Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling ; Focus Has Todd Field’s Tár with Cate Blanchett and Mark Strong; MGM will debut Luca Guadagnino’s Timothée Chalamet-Taylor Russell starring Bones and All ; Searchlight Presented by Inisherin Banshee from Three Billboards Outside Abbing, Missouri Director Martin McDonagh; the Sony Pictures classic will be played by Florian Zeller’s son follow up, Father and Oliver Hermanus 1950 period drama LIFE , starring Bill Nighy.
But while all of these titles may be mentioned, the unofficial market in Venice will offer a handful of films, both art and genre titles, which are still up for grabs, with Sufficient attraction and star power to attract international and domestic buyers.
All Beauty and Bleeding
Director Laura Poitra
Buzz Oscar-winning documentary director( Citizenfour ) turns to photographer Nan Goldin, whose artist-led anti-Sackler pharmaceutical dynasty helped expose America’s opioid crisis, and Reveals how the family profited from the addiction and deaths of half a million Americans. Poitras’ name – and theme – should have custom buyers scrambling to see the film. 2021Sales Participant/Sub
STAR Walton Goggins, Zoe Deschanel, Casey Affleck2021Director Bill Pollard
THE BUZZ True stories and music documentaries are currently hot, this feature is Pohlad’s follow-up to Brian Wilson’s pop biopic Love & Mercy . This time, Pollard tells a little-known musical story: the story of brothers Downey and Joe Emerson (Goggins and Affleck), who poured their entire savings into the groundbreaking 79 Debut Dreamin’ Wild , later rediscovered album 2017s.
SalesCAA Media Finance
STARS Fumino Kimura , Kento Nagayama, Atom Sunada
2021Director Fukada Yasushi
2205THE BUZZ This Japanese melodrama marks Fukada’s first major entry into Venice Competition (he won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes) his 1950 feature Harmonium). Inspired by Japanese pop star Akiko Yano 1991’s ballad “Love Life,” the film explores the romance of a young couple journey. The aftermath of a family tragedy. The film’s clever handling of its multi-layered material should appeal to those looking to recreate 2021 sensational Drive My Car .
STARS Tsumaki Satoshi, Ando Sakura, Kubota Masataka
Director Ishikawa Kei
BUZZ adapted from the Japanese novel Keiichiro Hirano A Man tells the story of a troubled lawyer (Tsumaki) when a former client asks him to investigate the shady In the past tense, he was involved in a mysterious network. her late husband. The film reunites Ishikawa and Tsumaki, who is the man behind his critically acclaimed Venice Orizzonti entry Traces of Sin (2016), along with the soulful Ando, who is the Palme d’Or winner of Hirokazu Koreeda, Shoplifters .
Sales The Match Factory, Shochiku (for Asia)
Director Nicolo Fortiti
THE BUZZ Understated title This comedic, partially autobiographical story is set in the sleepy Tuscan city of Grosseto and tells the story of a passionate The story of the Italian punk rock trio. Battling their provincial environment in their quest to organize a gig for one of their favorite American bands. 20162016 SalesFandango
STAR Joel Edgerton, West Gurney Weaver
Director Paul Schrader
THE BUZZ Just a year later his slow stunnerThe Card Counter, Schrader with his nd director feature The Master is back in Venice Gardener , starring Edgerton and Weaver. Fits Schrader’s self-created “people in the room” genre (think taxi drivers , light sleepers or The Card Counter), the film follows Edgerton as Narvel Roth, the meticulous gardener at Gracewood Gardens, Gracewood Gardens is a historic estate owned by a wealthy widowed lady. . Haverhill (Weaver). When Lady Haverhill asks Ross to take her wayward great-niece Maya as his new apprentice, chaos enters his spartan life, unlocking dark secrets from a buried violent past. Venice also awarded Schrader the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement this year.
STARS Trace Lysette, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Browning
Director Andrea Parallo
THE BUZZ in Venice with Hannah for Charlotte Rampling After actress honors in 2017, California-based Italian director Palo Alto returns to the Lido with this family drama, Lily Seth plays a trans woman who goes home to care for her estranged dying mother (Clarkson). This slow-burning drama could be a good show for audiences in high-end art galleries around the world.
2021Sales The Exchange, UTA Independent Film Group
Director Jafar Panashi
STARS Jafar Panahi, Mina Cavani 2021 2017THE BUZZ The latest episode of Iranian master Panashi (taxi, offside, circle), Candid To circumvent Tehran’s ban on dissident directors, No Bears tells of two parallel loves A story of partners who are thwarted by hidden obstacles. The film is sure to find a home among discerning distributors around the world.
2021Sales Celluloid Dream
Director Oliver Stone
hum Stone may have suspended him of feature film careers, but the always provocative filmmaker went on to churn out documentation that still finds audiences among professional buyers. His latest article is an impassioned argument in support of nuclear energy as a solution to the climate crisis. Streamers as well as document distributors might like it.
2021Sales Agent Gersh
STARS Kayije Kagame, Guslagie MalangaDirector Alice Diop
THE BUZZ The feature film debut of the famous documentary director Diop, his documentary filmWe Winning the Encounter at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival, is a courtroom drama about a young novelist who is forced to confront her own personal trauma while on trial of a young mother accused of infanticide. It fits nicely into an art house dealer’s schedule. 20162016 SALE Wild Bunch International
This story first appeared in August. One issue of The Hollywood Reporter. 2016Click here to subscribe.