FNE at Venice 2019: Venice Film Festival Programme Announced: Vaclav Marhoul’s Painted Bird Lands in Main Competition Slot

    Director Vaclav Marhoul Director Vaclav Marhoul

    VENICE: Czech/Ukrainian/Slovak coproduction The Painted Bird by Václav Marhoul has been selected for the Venezia 76 Competition of the Venice International Film Festival of the Biennale di Venezia. Several other films from Central and Eastern Europe will screen in different sections of the festival that will take place from 28 August to 7 September 2019.

    Alexander Nanau’s documentary collective / colectiv (a coproduction between Romania and Luxembourg) and Sergei Loznitsa’s doc State Funeral (a Dutch / Lithuanian coproduction) were selected in the Official Selection – Out of Competition.

    German / Bulgarian coproduction Pelikanblut directed by Katrin Gebbe, Georgian / Russian coproduction The Criminal Man / Borotmokmedi directed by Dmitry Mamuliya and Italian / Polish coproduction Sole directed by Carlo Sironi will screen in the Orizzonti Competition.

    Sh_t Happens, a coproduction between Czech Republic, Slovakia and France directed by David Štumpf and Michaela Mihályi was selected in Orizzonti Short Films Competition.

    A new digital copy in 4K of the Czech film Ecstasy / Extase directed by Gustav Machatý and starring Hedy Kiesler (Hedy Lamarr) will be screened at the Pre-opening event of the 76th Venice International Film Festival of the Biennale di Venezia on 27 August 2019.

    Polish production Whispers / Szepty by Patryk Jordanowicz and Jacek Nagłowski will be presented out of competition in the Venice Virtual Reality Biennale College Cinema VR.

    As for the sidebar sections, Polish/French coproduction Corpus Christi directed by Jan Komasa will screen in the Venice Days – Giornate degli Autori’s competition, while Parthenon / Partenonas by Mantas Kvedaravičius (a Lithuanian / Ukrainian / French coproduction) was selected for the Critics’ Week’s Competition.


    Venezia 76 Competition:

    The Perfect Candidate (Saudi Arabia, Germany)
    Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour

    About Endlessness / Om det oändliga (Sweden, Germany, Norway)
    Directed by Roy Andersson 

    Wasp Network (France, Belgium)
    Directed by Olivier Assayas

    Marriage Story (USA)
    Directed by Noah Baumbach 

    Guest of Honour (Canada)
    Directed by Atom Egoyan 

    Ad Astra (USA)
    Directed by James Gray 

    A Herdade (Portugal, France)
    Directed by Tiago Guedes 

    Gloria Mundi (France, Italy)
    Directed by Robert Guédiguian 

    Waiting for the Barbarians (Italy)
    Directed by Ciro Guerra 

    The Truth / La vérité (France, Japan)
    Directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu 

    Saturday Fiction / Lan xin da ju yuan (China)
    Directed by Ye Lou 

    Ema (Chile)
    Directed by Pablo Larraín 

    Martin Eden (Italy, France)
    Directed by Pietro Marcello 

    La mafia non è più quella di una volta (Italy)
    Directed by Franco Maresco 

    The Painted Bird (Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovak Republic)
    Directed by Václav Marhoul
    Produced by Silver Screen
    Coproduced by the Czech Television, Directory Films, PubRes and RTVS
    Supported by the Czech State Cinematography Fund, Creative Europe – MEDIA, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Ukrainian State Film Agency

    The Mayor of Rione Sanità / Il sindaco del Rione Sanità (Italy)
    Directed by Mario Martone 

    Babyteeth (Australia)
    Directed by Shannon Murphy 

    Joker (USA)
    Directed by Todd Phillips 

    J’accuse (France, Italy)
    Directed by Roman Polanski 

    The Laundromat (USA)
    Directed by Steven Soderbergh 

    No. 7 Cherry Lane / Ji Yuan Tai Qi Hao (Hong Kong)
    Directed by Yonfan 

    Out of Competition:


    Seberg (USA)
    Directed by Benedict Andrews 

    To Live / Vivere (Italy)
    Directed by Francesca Archibugi 

    The Burnt Orange Heresy (UK, Italy)
    Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi 

    Mosul (USA)
    Directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan 

    Adults in the Room (France, Greece)
    Directed by Costa-Gavras

    The King (UK, Hungary)
    Directed by David Michôd 

    Tutto il mio folle amore (Italy)
    Directed by Gabriele Salvatores


    Woman (France)
    Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Anastasia Mikova 

    Roger Waters Us + Them (UK)
    Directed by Sean Evans, Roger Waters 

    I diari di Angela - Noi due cineasti. Capitolo secondo (Italy
    Directed by Yervant Gianikian 

    Citizen K (UK, USA)
    Directed by Alex Gibney 

    Citizen Rosi (Italy)
    Directed by Didi Gnocchi, Carolina Rosi 

    The Kingmaker (USA)
    Directed by Lauren Greenfeld 

    State Funeral (the Netherlands, Lithuania)
    Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
    Produced by Atoms & Void
    Coproduced by Uljana Kim
    Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre 

    collective / colectiv (Romania, Luxembourg)
    Directed by Alexander Nanau
    Produced by Alexander Nanau Production
    Coproduced by Samsa Film Luxembourg and HBO Europe 
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre, Luxemburg Film Fund and Sundance Documentary Fund, with the contribution of RTS Switzerland, YES Docu and MDR Germany 

    45 Seconds of Laughter (USA)
    Directed by Tim Robbins 

    Il pianeta in mare (Italy)
    Directed by Andrea Segre

    Special Screenings:

    No One Left Behind (Mexico)
    Directed by Guillermo Arriaga 

    Electric Swan (France, Greece, Argentina)
    Directed by Konstantina Kotzamani 

    Irréversible - Inversion intégrale (France)
    Directed by Gaspar Noé 

    Zerozerozero (Italy)
    Directed by Stefano Sollima

    The New Pope (Italy, France, Spain)
    Directed by Paolo Sorrentino 

    Never Just a Dream: Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut (UK)
    Directed by Matt Wells 

    Eyes Wide Shut (USA, UK)
    Directed by Stanley Kubrick 


    Orrizonti Competition:

    Zumiriki (Spain)
    Directed by Oskar Alegria 

    Bik eneich - Un fils (Tunisia, France, Lebanon, Qatar)
    Directed by Mehdi M. Barsaoui 

    Blanco en Blanco (Spain, Chile, France, Germany)
    Directed by Theo Court 

    Mes jours de gloire (France)
    Directed by Antoine de Bary 

    Nevia (Italy)
    Directed by Nunzia De Stefano 

    Pelikanblut (Germany, Bulgaria)
    Directed by Katrin Gebbe
    Produced by Junafilm
    Coproduced by Miramarfilm
    Supported by SWR, ARTE, TORINO FILM LAB 2017, Berlin Int. Filmfestival Co-Production Market 

    Moffie (South Africa, UK)
    Directed by Oliver Hermanus 

    Rialto (Ireland, UK)
    Directed by Peter Mackie Burns 

    The Criminal Man / Borotmokmedi (Georgia, Russia)
    Directed by Dmitry Mamuliya
    Produced by Millimeter Film
    Supported by the Georgian National Film Centre  

    Revenir (France)
    Directed by Jessica Palud

    Giants Being Lonely (USA)
    Directed by Grear Patterson 

    Verdict (Philippines)
    Directed by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez 

    Just 6.5 / Metri Shesho Nim (Iran)
    Directed by Saeed Roustaee 

    Shadow of Water / Chola (India)
    Directed by Sasidharan Sanal Kumar 

    Hava, Maryam, Ayesha (Afghanistan)
    Directed by Sahraa Karimi 

    Sole (Italy, Poland)
    Directed by Carlo Siron
    Produced by Kino Produzioni
    Coproduced by Lava Film, in collaboration with RAI Cinema
    Supported by MiBAC, Eurimages, Lazio Cinema International and the Polish Film Institute 

    Madre (Spain, France)
    Directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen 

    Balloon / Qiqiu (China)
    Directed by Pema Tseden 

    Atlantis (Ukraine)
    Directed by Valentyn Vasyanovych 

    Orizzonti Short Films Competition:

    Superheroes without Superpowers / Supereroi senza superpoteri (Italy)
    Directed by Beatrice Baldacci 

    Kingdom Come (UK)
    Directed by Sean Robert Dunn 

    Give Up The Ghost (Jordan, Sweden)
    Directed by Zain Duraie 

    After Two Hours, Ten Minutes Had Passed / Nach zwei Stunden waren zehn Minuten vergangen (Germany)
    Directed by Steffen Goldkamp 

    The Diver (France, Australia)
    Directed by Jamie Helmer, Michael Leonard 

    Roqaia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh)
    Directed by Diana Saqeb Jamal 

    Sand / Morae (South Korea)
    Directed by Kyungrae Kim 

    The Tears Thing / Le coup des larmes (France)
    Directed by Clémence Poesy 

    Delphine (Canada)
    Directed by Chloé Robichaud 

    Darling (Pakistan, USA)
    Directed by Saim Sadiq 

    Sh_t Happens (Czech Republic, Slovakia, France)
    Directed by David Štumpf, Michaela Mihályi 

    Dogs Barking at Birds / Cães que ladram aos pássaros (Portugal)
    Directed by Leonor Teles 

    Austral Fever / Fiebre austral (Chile)
    Directed by Thomas Woodroffe 

    Orizzonti Short Films Out of Competition:

    Condor One (USA)
    Directed by Kevin Jerome Everson 

    GUO4 (Hungary)
    Directed by Peter Strickland 

    Venice Classics (Selected):

    Ecstasy / Extase (Cehoslovakia)
    Directed by Gustav Machatý

    Venice Virtual Reality:

    Biennale College Cinema VR – Out of Competition (Selected):

    Whispers / Szepty (Poland)
    Directed by Patryk Jordanowicz, Jacek Nagłowski



    Only the Animals (France, Germany)
    Directed by Dominik Moll 

    You Will Die At 20 (Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway)
    Directed by Amjad Abu Alala

    A Bigger World (France, Belgium)
    Directed by Fabienne Berthaud 

    The Weeping Woman (Guatemala, France)
    Directed by Jayro Bustamante

    The Long Walk (Laos, Spain, Singapore)
    Directed by Mattie Do

    Beware of Children (Norway, Sweden)
    Directed by Dag Johan Haugerud

    5 Is the Perfect Number (Italy, Belgium, France)
    Directed by Igort

    Corpus Christi (Poland, France)
    Directed by Jan Komasa
    Produced by Aurum Film
    Coproduced by WFS Walter Film Studio, Wojewódzki Dom Kultury in Rzeszow, Canal+ , Les Contes Modernes
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Arab Blues (Tunisia, France)
    Directed by Manele Labidi 

    They Say Nothing Stays The Same / Aru Sendo No Hanashi (Japan)
    Directed by Jo Odagiri 

    Lingua Franca (US, Philippines)
    Directed by Isabel Sandoval

    Out of Competition:

    Time of the Untamed (France)
    Directed by Bartabas

    Miu Miu Women’s Tales:

    Shako Mako (Italy, US)
    Directed by Hailey Gates

    Brigitte (Italy, UK)
    Directed by Lynne Ramsay

    Special Events:

    My Brother Chases Dinosaurs (Italy, Spain)
    Directed by Stefano Cipani

    House of Cardin (USA)
    Directed by P David Ebersole, Todd Hughes

    Il prigioniero (Italy)
    Directed by Federico Olivetti

    Scherza con i fanti (Italy)
    Directed by Gianfranco Pannone

    Mondo Sexy (Italy)
    Directed by Mario Sesti

    Burning Cane (USA)
    Directed by Phillip Youmans 

    Venetian Nights:

    La legge degli spazi bianchi (Italy)
    Directed by Mauro Caputo

    Emilio Vedova, dalla parte del naufragio (Italy)
    Directed by Tomaso Pessina

    The Great Green Wall (UK)
    Directed by Jared P Scott

    Cercando Valentina (Italy)
    Directed by Giancarlo Soldi

    Sufficiente (Italy)
    Directed by Maddalena Stornaiuolo, Antonio Ruocco 



    All This Victory / Jeedar El Sot (Lebanon, France, Qatar)
    Directed by Ahmad Ghossein 

    Parthenon / Partenonas (Lithuania, Ukraine, France)
    Directed by Mantas Kvedaravičius 
    Produced by Studio Uljana Kim
    Coproduced by ESSE Production House, Rouge International, Extimacy Films
    Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre 

    The Prince / El Principe (Chile, Argentina, Belgium)
    Directed by Sebastian Muñoz 

    Psychosia / Psykosia (Denmark, Finland)
    Directed by Marie Grahtø 

    Rare Beasts (UK)
    Directed by Billie Piper 

    Scales / Sayidat Al Bahr (UAE, Iraq, Saudi Arabia)
    Directed by Shahad Ameen 

    Tony Driver (Italy, Mexico)
    Directed by Ascanio Petrini 

    Special Event Out of Competition – Opening film:

    Bombay Rose (UK, India, France)
    Directed by Gitanjali Rao 

    Special Event Out of Competition – Closing film:

    Sanctorum (Mexico, Qatar, Dominican Republic)
    Directed by Joshua Gil