The Venice Film Festival founded in 1932, is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the ‘Big Three’ film festivals alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

The film festival is part of the Venice Biennale which was founded by the Venetian City Council in 1895. Today, the Biennale includes a range of separate events including: the International Art Exhibition; the International Festival of Contemporary Music; the International Theatre Festival; the International Architecture Exhibition; the International Festival of Contemporary Dance; the International Kids’ Carnival; and the annual Venice Film Festival, which is arguably the best-known of all the events.

The film festival has since taken place in late August or early September on the island of the Lido. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi and in other venues nearby. Since its inception the Film Festival has become the most prestigious international film festival in the world.

The 73rd Festival is scheduled to be held from 31 August to 10 September 2016.

Presiding as this year’s Main Competition Jury are:

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Main Competition

The Bad Batch (USA)
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

Une vie (France, Belgium)
Directed by Stephane Brize

La La Land (USA)
Directed by Damien Chazelle

The Light between Oceans (USA, Australia, New Zealand)
Directed by Derek Cianfrance

El Ciudadono Ilustre (Argentina, Spain)
Directed by Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat

Spira Mirabilis (Italy, Switzerland)
Directed by Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti

The Women Who Left (Philippines)
Directed by Lav Diaz

La region salvaje (Mexico)
Directed by Amat Escalante

Nocturnal Animals (USA)
Directed by Tom Ford

Piuma (Italy)
Directed by Roan Johnson

Rai / Paradise (Russia, Germany)
Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky

Brimstone (Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, UK, Sweden)
Directed by Martin Koolhoven

Na mliječnom putu / On the Milky Road (Serbia, UK, USA)
Directed by Emir Kusturica
Produced by Rasta International (Serbia) AG Studios (USA), Pinball London (UK), BN Films (USA)

Jackie (USA, China)
Directed by Pablo Larraín

Voyage of Time (USA, Germany)
Directed by Terrence Malick

El Cristo Ciego (Chile, France)
Directed by Christopher Murray

Frantz (France, Germany)
Directed by François Ozon

Questi giorni (Italy)
Directed by Giuseppe Piccioni

Arrival (USA)
Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Les Beaux Jours (France, Germany)
Directed by Wim Wenders


Tarde para la ira (Spain)
Directed by Raúl Arévalo

King of the Belgians (Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria)
Directed by Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

Produced by Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium), Art Fest (Bulgaria), Topkapi Films (Netherlands)
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Centre , MEDIA programme of the European Union and EURIMAGES and others

Through The Wall / Laavor Et Hakin (Israel)
Directed by Rama Burshtein

Liberami (Italy, France)
Directed by Federica di Giacomo

Big Big World / Koca Dünya (Turkey)
Directed by Reha Erdem

Gukoroku (Japan)
Directed by Ishikawa Kei

Maudite Poutine (Canada)
Directed by Karl Lemieux

São Jorge (Portugal, France)
Directed by Marco Martins

Dawson City: Frozen Time (USA, France)
Directed by Bill Morrison

Réparer les vivants (France, Belgium)
Directed by Katell Quillévéré

White Sun (Nepal, SA, Qatar, Netherlands)
Directed by Deepak Rauniyar

Malaria (Iran)
Directed by Parviz Shahbazi

Kékszakállú (Argentian)
Directed by Gastón Solnicki

Home (Belgium)
Directed by Fien Troch

Die Einsiedler (Germany, Austria)
Directed by Ronny Trocker

Il più grande sogno (Italy)
Directed by Michele Vannucci

Boys in the Trees (Austria)
Directed by Nicholas Verso

Ku qian / Bitter Money (Hong Kong, France)
Directed by Wang Bing

Dark Night (USA)
Directed by Tim Sutton

Critics Week

Akher Wahed Fina /The Last of Us (Tunisia, Qatar, UAE, Lebanon)
Directed by Ala Eddine Slim

Drum (France, Iran)
Directed by Keywan Karimi

Jours de France / Four Days in France (France)
Directed by Jérôme Reybaud

Los nadie / The Nobodies (Colombia)
Directed by Juan Sebastián Mesa

Prank (Canada)
Directed by Vincent Biron

Singing in Graveyards (Malaysia, Philippines)
Directed by Bradley Liew

Le ultime cose (Italy, Switzerland, France)
Directed by Irene Dionisio

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Official Selection

The War Show (Denmark, Finland)
Directed by Andreas Dalsgaard & Obaidah Zytoon

La ragazza del mondo / Worldly Girl (Italy)
Directed by Marco Danieli

Indivisibili / Indivisible (Italy)
Directed by Edoardo De Angelis

Pariente / Guilty Men (Columbia)
Directed by Ivan D Gaona

Hjartasteinn / Heartstone (Iceland, Denmark)
Directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Ne gledaj mi u pijat / Quit Staring at My Plate (Croatia, Denmark)
Directed by Hana Jušić
Produced by Kinorama
Coproduced by Beofilm (Denmark), the Croatian Radio Television
Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre  EURIMAGES and others
Sales: New Europe Film Sales

Sameblod / Sami Blood (Sweden, Denmark, Norway)
Directed by Amanda Kernell

The Road to Mandalay (Taiwan China, Myanmar, France, Germany)
Directed by Midi Z

Polina, danser sa vie (France)
Directed by Valérie Muller & Angelin Preljocaj

Pamilya ordinary (Philippines)
Directed by Eduardo Roy Jr.

Hounds of Love (Australia)
Directed by Ben Young

Lux Prize

Toni Erdmann (Germany, Austria, Romania)
Directed by Maren Ade
Produced by Komplizen Film
Coproduced by Coop99 Filmproduktion, Hi Film Productions
Sales: The Match Factory

Ma vie de Courgette / My Life as a Courgette (Switzerland, France)
Directed by Claude Barras

À peine j’ouvre les yeux / As I Open My Eyes (France, Tunisia, Belgium, United Arab Emirates)
Directed by Leyla Bouzid

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