Check Out The 2013 Venice Film Festival Line-Up, From Gilliam To Miyazaki


The Toronto International Film Festival has 12 Years A Slave and Gravity, but the Venice Film Festival does not intend to be outdone. Gravity will open the festival, yes, but Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem will also put in an appearance. Plus there are new films from Stephen Frears, Paul Schrader and James Franco, who brings his Child Of God to play at Venice. Hayao Miyazaki’s latest The Wind Rises will show up at Venice too, after its Japanese tour. Then there are films from Errol Morris, Kelly Reichardt, and Frederick Wiseman. Oh, and the Japanese Unforgiven remake Yurusarezaru mono will also be there.

All in all, it’s not a bad line-up for Venice this year. Lots of films that we’ve already heard of and, as usual, a whole slew that we probably haven’t. Festival season is always an exciting time, less for the major works and more for the ones that we perhaps didn’t expect. I think that sometimes we in the U.S. forget that great films are actually being made outside our borders. Film festivals are a great opportunity to see what the rest of the world produces. So while I’m excited to see what comes of The Zero Theorem and The Wind Rises, I’m equally interested in some of these that I’ve yet to hear about.

The festival runs from August 28-September 7th this year. You can find more information at the Venice Film Festival website.

You can check out the entire rundown for the 2013 Venice Film Festival below (courtesy of The Film Stage). Anything you’re particularly excited about seeing?

“Es-Stouh” (The Rooftops), Merzak Allouache (Algeria-France)
“L’intrepido” Gianni Amelio (Italy)
“Miss Violence,” Alexandros Avranas (Greece)
“Tracks,” John Curran (U.K.-Australia)
“Via Castellana Bandiera,” Emma Dante (Italy-Switzerland-France)
“Tom at the Farm,” Xavier Dolan (Canada-France)
“Child of God,” James Franco (U.S.)
“Philomena,” Stephen Frears (U.K.)
“La Jalousie,” Philippe Garrel (France)
“The Zero Theorem,” Terry Gilliam (U.K.-U.S.)
“Ana Arabia,” Amos Gitai (Israel-France)
“Under the Skin,” Jonathan Glazer (U.K.-U.S.)
“Joe,” David Gordon Green (U.S.)
“Die Frau des Polizisten” (The Police Officer’s Wife) Philip Groning (Germany)
“Kaze tachinu,” Hayao Miyazaki (Japan)
“The Unknown Known: the Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld,” Errol Morris (U.S.)
“Night Moves,” Kelly Reichardt (U.S.)
“Sacro GRA,” Gianfranco Rosi (Italy)
“Jiaoyou” (Stray Dogs), Tsai Ming-liang (Taiwan-France)

“Space Pirate Captain Harlock,” Aramaki Shinji (Japan)
“Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron (U.S.)
“Moebius,” Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
“Locke,” Steven Knight (U.K.)
“Yurusarezaru mono” (Unforgiven), Lee Sang-Il (Japan)
”Wolf Creek 2,” Greg McLean (Australia)
“Die Andere Heimat — Chronik einer Sehnsucht” (Home from Home — Chronicle of a Vision), Edgar Reitz (Germany)
“The Canyons,” Paul Schrader (U.S.)
“Che strano chiamarsi Federico Scola racconta Fellini,” Ettore Scola (Italy)
“Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei” (Walesa. Man of Hope), Andrzej Wajda, Ewa Brodzka (Poland)

“Summer 82 When Zappa Came to Sicily,” Salvo Cuccia (Italy-U.S.)
“Pine Ridge,” Anna Eborn (Denmark)
“The Armstrong Lie,” Alex Gibney (U.S.)
“Ukraina ne Bordel” (Ukraine Is Not Brothel), Kitty Green (Australia)
”Amazonia,” Thierry Ragobert (France-Brazil)
“Feng Ai” (‘Til Madness Do Us Apart), Wang Bing (Hong Kong-China-France-Japan)
“At Berkeley,” Frederick Wiseman (U.S.)

“Je m’appelle Hmmm…,” Agnes B. (France)
“Bauyr” (Little Brother), Serik Aprymov (Kazakhstan)
“Il terzo tempo,” Enrico Maria Artale (Italy)
“Eastern Boys,” Robin Campillo (France)
“Palo Alto,” Gia Coppola (U.S.)
“Ruin,” Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody (Australia)
“Mahi Va Gorbeh” (Fish and Cat), Shahram Mokri (Iran)
“Vi ar bast!” (We Are the Best!) Lukas Moodysson (Sweden-Denmark)
“Wolfskinder” (Wolfschildren), Rick Ostermann (Germany)
“La vida despues,” David Pablos (Mexico)
“Algunas Chicas,” Santiago Palavecino (Argentina)
“Medeas,” Andrea Pallaoro (U.S.-Italy)
“Still Life,” Uberto Pasolini (U.K.)
“Piccola Patria,” Alessandro Rossetto (Italy)
“La prima neve,” Andrea Segre (Italy)
“Jigoku de naze warui,” (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?) Sono Sion (Japan)
“The Sacrament,” Ti West (U.S.)