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Venice International Film Festival, 2018


The Venice International Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the world founded in 1932, aims to raise awareness and promote international cinema as forms of art, entertainment and as an industry, by emphasising on freedom and initiating dialogue. It also organises retrospectives and pays tribute to yesteryear cinema stalwarts for their contribution to cinema.

The festival encompasses events such as the International Art Exhibition, the International Theatre Festival, the International Architecture Exhibition, the International Festival of Contemporary Music and the International Festival of Contemporary Dance.

The 75th edition will see a majority of films in the ‘Venice Days’ category directed by women. This comes across as an effort to encourage and recognise the works of female filmmakers in genre-defining films.

Opening Film

First Man

Written by James R Hansen, First Man explores the journey of Neil Armstrong who was the first man to land on the moon. It traces one of NASA’s toughest missions and is set during 1961-1969. The film is directed by Academy Award-winner Damien Chazelle and stars Ryan Gosling in the lead role.

33rd Venice Critics’ Week

Opening Film


Co-directed by Rai Anil Barve and Adesh Prasad, the horror-fantasy-thriller film is set in colonial India in the 1920s. The film is based on a journey to explore and untangle an ancient, mysterious secret. It features Sohum Shah in the lead role.

Closing Film


Tunisian director Abdelhamid Bouchnak’s Dachra follows the story of three students who try to unravel a mysterious criminal case dating back to 25 years. Following their investigation, they end up trapped in a small village called Dachra. Yassmine Dimassi, Aziz Jbali and Bilel Slatnia play protagonists. 


A Kasha

Adam Und Evelyn

Bêtes Blondes

Venice Days

Opening Film (In-competition)

Graves Without A Name

Opening Film (Out of competition)

The Suicide Of Emma Peteers

Women’s Tales (Short films)

Hello Apartment

The Wedding Singer’s Daughter

Venice Nights

One Ocean

I Villani

L’Unica Lezione

Luz Prize

Woman At War


Venezia 75

At Eternity’s Gate

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Out Of Competition: Special Events

The Other Side of the Wind

They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

Out Of Competition: Non-Fiction

L’Amica Geniale

Il Diaro Di Angela – Noi Due Cineasti

A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

Out Of Competition: Fiction

Una Storia Senza Nome

Les Estivants

A Star Is Born


Sulla Mia Pelle

Kraben Rahu



Blood Kin

II Banchiere Anarchico

Arrivederci Saigon

Venice Classics

The Great Buster

Women Making Films: A New Road Movie Through Cinema

Humberto Mauro

The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Veteran British actress Vanessa Redgrave will be honoured for her contribution to the arts with this Lifetime Achievement award. She is known for her performances in theatre and films.

Franca Sozzani Award 

The second Franca Sozzani Award will be conferred on actress-producer Salma Hayek for her contribution to arts and society. This award was established by the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani’s family.


– Titas Chowdhury

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