Reserve your water taxi now, because the 79th Venice International Film Festival is fast approaching.
This year's fest features 23 films playing in competition from some of the most prominent filmmakers working today — Todd Field is bringing his first feature in 16 years, while Oscar winners Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Martin McDonagh also have news works to show — as well as 18 films in Orizzonti, nine films in Orizzonti Extra, and more than a dozen showing outside of the competition entirely.
Before stars and auteurs from around the world descend upon the Lido, here is everything you need to know about the 2022 Venice International Film Festival.
When is this year's Venice Film Festival?
This year's festival will run from Aug. 31 to Sept. 10 in Venice, Italy.
What's being screened during the fest?
After premiering Marriage Story in Venice in 2019, Noah Baumbach is returning with White Noise, based on the best-selling novel by Don DeLillo and starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, which will open this year's festival — the first Netflix film to do so.
Other films premiering in competition include Darren Aronofsky's The Whale, Andrew Dominik's Blonde, Todd Field's TÁR, Luca Guadagnino's Bones and All, Joanna Hogg's The Eternal Daughter, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Bardo, Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin, and Florian Zeller's The Son, among others.
Outside of the competition, the festival will also host the premiere of Don't Worry Darling, Olivia Wilde's highly anticipated second feature starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.
The festival will close on Sept. 10 with director Francesco Carrozzini's thriller, The Hanging Sun.
Who is on the Venice Jury?
The Venezia 79 competition jury will present a handful of awards this year, including the Golden Lion for Best Film, the Silver Lion (Grand Jury prize), the Silver Lion for Best Director, Coppa Volpi for Best Actress and Best Actor, a Special Jury Prize for Best Screenplay, and the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress.
This year, Oscar winner Julianne Moore (Still Alice) will serve as jury president, alongside Argentinian filmmaker Mariano Cohn (Official Competition), Italian filmmaker Leonardo Di Costanzo, French director Audrey Diwan, Iranian actress Leila Hatami, British novelist and screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro, and Spanish writer-director-producer Rodrigo Sorogoyen.
The Orizzonti (or Horizons) jury will be headed up by Spanish writer-director Isabel Coixet, alongside Italian director Laura Bispuri, American filmmaker Antonio Campos, Algerian director Sofia Djama, and French film critic Edouard Waintrop.
Finally, the Lion of the Future - "Luigi de Laurentiis" prize for Best Debut Feature will be awarded by Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino, along with actress Tessa Thompson, Polish director Jan P. Matuszynski, Portuguese director Ana Rocha de Sousa, and French costume designer Rosalie Varda. The winner of this award will receive a cash prize of €100,000.
Who is being honored?
Hailed by the Venice board as "one of the most important American filmmakers of his generation," Paul Schrader (an Oscar nominee for Best Original Screenplay for 2017's First Reformed) will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. The writer-director's latest film, Master Gardener, starring Joel Edgerton and Sigourney Weaver, will also premiere at the festival.
The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will also be awarded to French actress Catherine Deneuve (an Oscar nominee for Best Actress for 1992's Indochine), who said in a statement, "It is a joy to receive this prestigious award at the Venice Festival, which I love and have known for a long time, since Belle de jour by Luis Buñuel received the Golden Lion in its day."
How can I get tickets?
If you're lucky enough to be on the Lido during the festival, you can buy tickets online at labiennale.org.