Venice Movie Fest 2022: Girls Directed Simply 23 P.c of Competitors Titles


One other 12 months, one other Venice Movie Competition that severely underrepresents ladies filmmakers. The distinguished fest has unveiled the lineup for its 79th version, happening August 31-September 10, and as soon as once more, solely 5 titles from ladies administrators have been chosen for Competitors. Twenty-two movies whole are screening, and due to this fact eligible for Venice’s highest honor, the Golden Lion, which means that girls helmed simply 23 p.c of the slate. That determine was 24 p.c in 2021.

Alice Diop, Joanna Hogg, Laura Poitras, Susanna Nicchiarelli, and Rebecca Zlotowski are the ladies who shall be presenting movies in Competitors. Diop’s “Saint Omer” chronicles a court docket case regarding a younger mom, and the impact it has on a novelist observing the proceedings, whereas Hogg’s “The Everlasting Daughter” sees a middle-aged lady and her aged mom confronting the ghosts of their previous. Poitras paperwork photographer Nan Goldin’s battle in opposition to the Sackler household within the non-fiction “All of the Magnificence and the Bloodshed,” and Nicchiarelli tells the story of St. Clare of Assisi in “Chiara.” Lastly, Zlotowski’s “Different Folks’s Youngsters,” which simply launched its first English-language trailer, is a couple of 40-year-old lady who grows near her new boyfriend’s daughter, and begins to marvel if she needs, or is even capable of have, kids of her personal.

Solely two feature-length pics from ladies administrators will display screen within the 19-film Out of Competitors (11 p.c), one narrative and one doc. Olivia Wilde’s much-anticipated social thriller “Don’t Fear Darling” was chosen together with Benedetta Argentieri’s “The Matchmaker,” a portrait of British jihadist and “ISIS matchmaker” Tooba Gondal.

Two of the 9 titles (22 p.c) screening within the Horizons Additional class are helmed by ladies: Carolina Cavalli’s “Amanda” and Soudade Kaadan’s “Nezhou.” The previous sees its lonely titular character resorting to gaslighting so as to discover friendship, and the latter facilities on a teen lady discovering the skin world for the primary time when a missile destroys the ceiling of her Damascus residence.

4 movies from three ladies filmmakers are amongst Horizons’ 18-film slate (22 p.c). They embody Components I and II of Laura Citarella’s “Trenque Lauquen,” Teona Strugar Mitevska’s story of redemption and forgiveness, “The Happiest Man within the World,” and the Tizza Covi-co-directed “Vera,” about an upper-class lady searching for an escape from excessive society.

All the women-directed options Venice has introduced thus far are beneath. Take a look at the complete lineup over at Deadline.


Saint Omer, dir: Alice Diop
The Everlasting Daughter, dir: Joanna Hogg
Chiara, dir: Susanna Nicchiarelli
All of the Magnificence and the Bloodshed, dir: Laura Poitras
Different Folks’s Youngsters, dir: Rebecca Zlotowski


Don’t Fear Darling, dir: Olivia Wilde
The Matchmaker, dir: Benedetta Argentieri


Amanda, dir: Carolina Cavalli
Nezhou, dir: Soudade Kaadan


Trenque Lauquen I, dir: Laura Citarella
Trenque Lauquen II, dir: Laura Citarella
Vera, dirs: Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel
The Happiest Man within the World, dir: Teona Strugar Mitevska



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