75th Venice International Film Festival

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75th Venice International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmFirst Man
Closing filmDriven
LocationVenice, Italy
AwardsGolden Lion: Roma
Hosted byMichele Riondino
Festival date29 August – 8 September 2018
Venice Film Festival chronology
The main entrance of the Cinema Palace during the festival.

The 75th Venice International Film Festival was held from 29 August to 8 September 2018. Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro was named as the President of the Jury.[1] First Man, directed by Damien Chazelle, was selected to open the festival.[2] Guillermo del Toro was named as the Jury President for the main competition section,[3] with Michele Riondino hosting the festival.[4]

The festival poster is made by Italian artist Lorenzo Mattotti, who designed it in the way "that attracts the eye, that attracts thought, but without revealing too much."[5] The Golden Lion was awarded to Roma, directed by Alfonso Cuarón.[6]


Main Competition (Venezia 75)

Official selection[edit]

In Competition[edit]

The following films were selected for the main international competition:[8][9]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The Accused Acusada Gonzalo Tobal Argentina, Mexico
At Eternity's Gate Julian Schnabel United States, France
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Joel Coen, Ethan Coen United States
Capri-Revolution Mario Martone Italy, France
Close Enemies Frères ennemis David Oelhoffen France, Belgium
The Favourite Yorgos Lanthimos United Kingdom, Ireland, United States
First Man Damien Chazelle United States
Killing (Zan) Shinya Tsukamoto Japan
The Mountain Rick Alverson United States
Our Time Carlos Reygadas Mexico, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden
Never Look Away Werk ohne Autor Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Germany
The Nightingale Jennifer Kent Australia
Non-Fiction Doubles vies Olivier Assayas France
Peterloo Mike Leigh United Kingdom, United States
Roma Alfonso Cuarón Mexico
The Sisters Brothers Jacques Audiard France, Belgium, Romania, Spain
Sunset Napszállta László Nemes Hungary, France
Suspiria Luca Guadagnino Italy
22 July Paul Greengrass United States
Vox Lux Brady Corbet United States
What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? Roberto Minervini Italy, United States, France
Highlighted title indicates Golden Lion winner.

Out of Competition[edit]

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[10]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
A Star Is Born Bradley Cooper United States
A Story With No Name Una Storia Senza Nome Roberto Andò Italy, France
Dragged Across Concrete S. Craig Zahler Canada, United States
Driven Nick Hamm United Kingdom, United States, Puerto Rico
The Estimates Les Estivants Valeria Bruni Tedeschi France, Italy
L’amica geniale Saverio Costanzo Italy, Belgium
My Masterpiece Mi Obra Maestra Gastón Duprat Argentina, Spain
A Tramway in Jerusalem Amos Gitai Israel, France
A People and His King Un Peuple et Son Roi Pierre Schoeller France, Belgium
The Stillness La Quietud Pablo Trapero Argentina
Shadow Ying Zhang Yimou China
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
1938 Different 1938 Diversi Giorgio Treves Italy
A Letter to a Friend in Gaza Amos Gitai Israel
American Dharma Errol Morris United States, United Kingdom
Aquarela Victor Kossakovsky United Kingdom, Germany
Carmine Street Guitars Ron Mann Canada
El Pepe: A Supreme Life El Pepe: Una Vida Suprema Emir Kusturica Argentina, Uruguay, Serbia
Introduction to the Dark Introduzione All'Oscuro Gastón Solnicki Argentina, Austria
ISIS, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul Francesca Mannocchi
Alessio Romenzi
Italy, Germany
Monrovia, Indiana Frederick Wiseman United States
Process Sergei Loznitsa Netherlands
Your Face Ni De Lian Tsai Ming-liang Taiwan
Special events
Title Director(s) Production country
I diari di Angela - Noi due cineasti (90 min) Yervant Gianikian Italy
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (98 min) Morgan Neville United States
The Other Side of the Wind (122 min) Orson Welles United States, Iran, France


The following films were selected for the Horizons (Orizzonti) section:[8][9]

Orizzonti Competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
On My Skin Sulla mia pelle Alessio Cremonini Italy
Manta Ray Kraben Rahu Phuttiphong Aroonpheng Thailand, France, China
Soni Ivan Ayr India
The River Ozen Emir Baigazin Kazakhstan, Poland, Norway
La noche de 12 años Álvaro Brechner Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, France
Deslembro Flavia Castro Brazil, France, Qatar
The Announcement Anons Mahmut Fazil Coşkun Turkey, Bulgaria
Un giorno all'improvviso If life gives you lemons Ciro D'Emilio Italy
Charlie Says Mary Harron United States
Amanda Mikhaël Hers France
The Day I Lost My Shadow Yom Adaatou Zouli Soudade Kaadan Syria, Lebanon, France, Qatar
L'Enkas Sarah Marx France
The Man Who Surprised Everyone Tchelovek kotorij udivil vseh Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov Russia, Estonia, France
Memories of My Body Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku Garin Nugroho Indonesia, Australia
As I Lay Dying Hamchenan ke mimordam Mostafa Sayari Iran
La profezia dell'armadillo Emanuele Scaringi Italy
Stripped Erom(The Love Trilogy: Stripped) Yaron Shani Israel, Germany
Jinpa Pema Tseden China
Tel Aviv On Fire Same Zoabi Luxembourg, France, Israel, Belgium
Short Films Competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Kado A Gift Aditya Ahmad Indonesia
Staircase Mohsen Banihashemi Iran
L'été et tout le reste Sven Bresser Netherlands
Gli anni Sara Fgaier Italy, France
Manila Is Full of Men Named Boy Andrew Stephen Lee Philippines, United States
Leoforos Patision Patision Avenue Thanasis Neofotistos Greece
Los bastardos Tomas Posse Argentina
All Inclusive Corina Schwingruber Ilić Switzerland
Sex, strakh i gamburgery Sex, Fear, and Hamburgers Eldar Shibanov Kazakhstan
Ninfe Isabella Torre Italy
Na li Down There Yang Zhengfan China, France
Strano telo Foreign Body Dušan Zorić Serbia
Short Films – Out of Competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Blu Massimo D'Anolfi, Martina Parenti Italy
Highlighted titles indicate Horizons Prizes for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film respectively.

Venice Classics[edit]

The following films were selected to be screened in the Venice Classics section:[11]

Restored classic films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
N/A Adieu Philippine (1962) Jacques Rozier France, Italy
The Ascent (1976) Voskhozhdeniye Larisa Shepitko Soviet Union
Brick and Mirror (1964) خشت و آینه / Khesht o Ayeneh Ebrahim Golestan Iran
Death in Venice (1971) Morte a Venezia Luchino Visconti Italy, France, United States
The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920) Der Golem – Wie er in die Welt kam Paul Wegener Germany
N/A Il posto (1962) Ermanno Olmi Italy
The Killers (1946) Robert Siodmak United States
The Killers (1964) Don Siegel United States
Last Year at Marienbad (1961) L'année dernière à marienbad Alain Resnais France, Italy
Love, Thy Name Be Sorrow aka The Mad Fox (1962) 恋や恋なすな恋 / Koi ya koi nasuna koi Tomu Uchida Japan
The Naked City (1948) Jules Dassin United States
The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982) La notte di San Lorenzo Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani Italy
The Night Porter (1974) Il portiere di notte Liliana Cavani Italy
Nothing Sacred (1937) William A. Wellman United States
The Place Without Limits (1977) El lugar sin límites Arturo Ripstein Mexico
Some Like It Hot (1959) Billy Wilder United States
Street of Shame (1956) 赤線地帯 / Akasen chitai Kenji Mizoguchi Japan
They Live (1988) John Carpenter United States
Documentary Films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The Great Buster: A Celebration The Great Buster Peter Bogdanovich United States
Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Mark Cousins United Kingdom
Humberto Mauro André Di Mauro Brazil
Living the Light – Robby Müller Claire Pijman Netherlands, Germany
24/25 Il fotogramma in più Giancarlo Rolandi, Federico Pontiggia Italy
Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast Bruce Weber United States
Friedkin Uncut Francesco Zippel Italy
Highlighted titles indicate the Best Restored Film and Best Documentary on Cinema official awards respectively.


The following films were selected for the Sconfini section:

Orizzonti Competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Blood Kin Ramin Bahrani United States
Il banchiere anarchico Giulio Base Italy
Il ragazzo più felice del mondo Gipi Italy
Arrivederci Saigon Wilma Labate Italy
The Tree of Life Terrence Malick United States
L'heure de la sortie Sébastien Marnier France
Magic Lantern Amir Naderi United States
Camorra Francesco Patierno Italy


Official selection[edit]

The following official awards were presented at the 75th edition:[6]

In Competition

Horizons (Orizzonti)

Lion of the Future

Venezia Classici Awards

Special Awards

Autonomous sections[edit]

The following collateral awards were conferred to films of the autonomous sections:

Venice International Critics' Week[14]

Venice Days

Other collateral awards[edit]

The following collateral awards were conferred to films of the official selection:[20]

Special mention: Ricordi? by Valerio Mieli (Venice Days)
Mention FEDIC Il Giornale del Cibo: I villani by Daniele De Michele (Venice Days)
Special mention: 22 July by Paul Greengrass
Special mention: The Mountain by Rick Alverson


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