The only major festival last year to pull off an in-person event post-lockdown is unsurprisingly ready for a full-fledged festival experience again this year. Venice Film Festival has announced that their September 1-11 schedule this year is all set to run as a full experience with hundreds of journalists and dozens of representatives from films expected to attend the festival in person.
Reported by Variety, the festival’s parent organization Venice Biennale is currently gearing up for its upcoming Architecture Biennale, opening on May 22nd, which will feature “delegations representing more than 100 Architecture Biennale projects” arriving in person for the event following safety protocols in compliance with COVID guidelines. It’s the first test for the structure that will allow the Film Festival to happen in September.
The other big news from the Variety piece is that there’s buzz on the ground for some of the titles that may be expected to be showing up at the Film Festival. Chief among them is the word that Denis Villeneuve’s highly-anticipated Dune is “strongly tipped” to appear. While neither Warner Bros. or the festival responded to Variety’s request for comment (not surprising), this would be a huge coup for both the festival and the film, which has been the centerpiece of the controversy surrounding WB’s decision to simultaneously release their entire 2021 slate on HBO Max the same day as in theaters.
Other titles getting buzz for potential appearances are The Hand of God from Paolo Sorrentino, Gabriele Mainetti’s Freaks Out, Bruno Dumont’s On a Half Clear Morning starring Léa Seydoux, and Lost Illusions from director Xavier Giannoli.
Director Bong Joon-ho will head the main jury for the Film Festival this year, while actress Serena Rossi will be master of ceremonies, and Roberto Benigni will be given a lifetime achievement award.