This week sees the line-up announcement of not one but two of the year’s biggest events in the film industry. Toronto International Film Festival’s line-up was officially announced earlier this week, and was absolutely fantastic, and now the Venice International Film Festival have officially announced their line-up, featuring some incredibly anticipated films as well.

The festival will run from 29th August to 8th September, and will be opened by Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, making its world debut and premiering out of competition. Heading up the most notable films among the announcement are Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, with James Franco, Selena Gomez, and Vanessa Hudgens; Brian De Palma’s Passion, with Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace; Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price, with Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid, and Heather Graham; Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage: Beyond, with Tomokazu Miura, Ryo Kase, and Fumiyo Kohinata; Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, with Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, and Richard Jenkins; Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman, with Michael Shannon, James Franco, Winona Ryder, and Chris Evans; and Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, with Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, and Javier Bardem.

Most notably absent is Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives. But given that the director has been teasing his hopes for bringing it to the festival in recent months, I think it’s definitely not out of the question for making an appearance yet.

Similarly, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is absent from the list, and we eagerly await to hear if it will be making its world debut at Toronto or Venice ahead of its theatrical release later this year.

The festival’s official website has debuted the full line-up, as it currently stands, and you can head over there to find out a little bit more about the films.

Opening Film (Out of Competition)

  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mira Nair (India, Pakistan, US)


  • To The Wonder – Terrence Malick (US)
  • The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson (US)
  • Something in the Air – Olivier Assayas (France)
  • Outrage: Beyond – Takeshi Kitano (Japan)
  • Fill The Void – Rama Bursztyn & Yigal Bursztyn (Israel)
  • Pieta – Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
  • Dormant Beauty – Marco Bellocchio (Italy)
  • E’ stato il figlio – Daniele Cipri (Italy)
  • At Any Price – Ramin Bahrani (US, UK)
  • La Cinquieme Saison – Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth (Belgium, Netherlands, France)
  • Un Giorno Speciale – Francesca Comencini (Italy)
  • Passion – Brian De Palma (France, Germany)
  • Superstar  – Xavier Giannoli (France, Belgium)
  • Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine (US)
  • Thy Womb – Brillante Mendoza (Philippines)
  • Linhas de Wellington – Valeria Sarmiento (Portugal, France)
  • Paradise: Faith – Ulrich Seidl (Austria, France, Germany)
  • Betrayal – Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)

Out of Competition

  • L’homme qui rit – Jean-Pierre Ameris (France)
  • Love Is All You Need – Susanne Bier (Denmark, Sweden)
  • Cherchez Hortense – Pascal Bonitzer (France)
  • Sur un fil – Simon Brook (France, Italy)
  • Enzo Avitabile Music Life – Jonathan Demme (doc) (Italy, US)
  • Tai Chi 0 – Stephen Fung (China)
  • Lullaby to My Father – Amos Gitai (Israel, France)
  • Shokuzai (Penance) – Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan)
  • Bad 25 – Spike Lee (doc) (US)
  • O Gebo e a Sombra – Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal, France)
  • The Company You Keep – Robert Redford (US)
  • Shark (Bait 3D) – Kimble Rendall (China)
  • Disconnect – Henry-Alex Rubin (US)
  • The Iceman – Ariel Vromen (US)

Out of Competition – Special Events

  • Anton tut ryadom (Anton’s Right Here) – Lyubov Arkus (documentary) (Russia)
  • Ya Man Aac (It Was Better Tomorrow) – Hinde Boujemaa (documentary) (Italy)
  • Sfiorando il muro – Silvia Giralucci & Luca Ricciardi (documentary) (Italy)
  • Carmel– Amos Gitai (Israel, France, Italy)
  • El impenetrable – Daniele Incalcaterra & Fausta Quattrini (documentary) (Argentina, France)
  • Witness: Libya– Michael Mann (documentary) (US)
  • Medici con l’Africa – Carlo Mazzacurati (documentary) (Italy)
  • La nave dolce – Daniele Vicari (documentary) (Italy, Albania)

Closing Film

  • L’homme qui rit – Jean-Pierre Ameris (France)