Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Venice Film Fest Rolls the Dice with Star Directors, No SAG AFTRA Actors Like Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Niecy Nash


The Venice Film Festival will be light on American stars. But they’re hoping for international ones, not members of SAG AFTRA, and star directors to fill their spotlight. They lost their opening film, “Challengers,” from Italian Luca Guadagnini, with Zendaya and Josh O’Connor. They’ve got movies by Ava Duvernay, David Fincher, and Michael Mann. But no actors from those movies unless the strike is quickly resolved by the end of August.

The studios had better get their act together, pronto! Until then no Hugh Jackman, no Michael Fassbender, no Emma Stone! And no Niecy Nash!

“Lubo,” Giorgio Diritti (Italy)

“Origin,” Ava DuVernay (U.S.)

“The Killer,” David Fincher (U.S.)

“Memory,” Michel Franco (Mexico, U.S.)

“Io Capitano,” Matteo Garrone (Italy, Belgium)

“Evil Does Not Exist,” Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Japan)

“The Green Border,” Agnieszka Holland (Czech Republic, Poland, Belgium)

“The Theory of Everything,” Timm Kröger (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

“Poor Things,” Yorgos Lanthimos (U.K.)

“El Conde,” Pablo Larrain (Chile)

“Ferrari,” Michael Mann (U.S.)

“Adagio,” Stefano Sollima (Italy)

“Woman Of,” Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert (Poland, Sweden)

“Holly,” Fien Torch (Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, France)


“A Cielo Aperto,” Mariana Arriaga, Santiago Arriaga (Mexico, Spain)

“El Paraiso,” Enrico Maria Artale (Italy)

“Behind the Mountains,” Mohamed Ben Attia (Tunisia, Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar)

“The Red Suitcase,” Fidel Devkota (Nepal, Sri Lanka)

“Tatami,” Guy Native, Zar Amir Ebrahimi (Georgia, U.S.)

“Paradise is Burning,” Mika Gustavson (Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Finland)

“The Featherweight,” Robert Colony (U.S.)

“Invelle,” Simone Massi (Italy, Switzerland)

“Hesitation Wound,” Selman Nacar (Turkey, Spain, Romania, France)

“Heartless,” Nara Normande, Tião (Brazil, France, Italy)

“Una Sterminata Domenica,” Alain Parroni (Italy, Germany, Ireland)

“City of Wind,” Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir (France, Mongolia, Portugal, The Netherlands)

“Explanation for Everything,” Gábor Reisz (Hungary, Slovacchia)

“Gasoline Rainbow,” Bill Ross, Turner Ross (U.S.)

“En Attendant La Nuit,” Céline Rouzet (France, Belgium)

“Housekeeping for Beginners,” Goran Stolevski (North Macedonia, Poland, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo)

“Shadow of Fire,” Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)

“Dormitory,” Nehir Tuna (Turkey, Germany, France)


“Bota Jonë,” Luàna Barjami (Kosovo, France)

“Forever Forever,” Anna Buryachkova (Ukraine, The Netherlands)

“The Rescue,” Daniela Goggi (Argentina, U.S.)

“Day of the Fight,” Jack Huston (U.S.)

“In the Land of Saints and Sinners,” Robert Lorenz (Ireland)

“Felicità,” Micaela Ramazzotti (Italy)

“Pet Shop Boys,” Olmo Schnabel (Italy, U.K. Mexico)

“Stolen,” Karan Tejpal (India)

“L’Homme D’Argille,” Anaïs Tellene (France)


“D’argent et de sang” (Episodes 1-12), Xavier Giannoli, Fredéric Planchon (France, Belgium)

“I Know Your Soul” (Episodes 1-2), created by Jasmila Zbanic and Damir Ibrahimovic, directed by Alen Drjević and Nermin Hamzagic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)


“Amor,” Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri (Italy, Lithuania)

“Frente A Guernica,” (Uncut Version) Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi (Italy)

“Hollywoodgate,” Ibrahim Nash’at (Germany, U.S.)

“Ryuichi Sakamoto — Opus,” Neo Sora (Japan)

“Enzo Jannacci Vengo Anch’io,” Giorgio Verdelli (Italy)

“Menus Plaisirs,” Frederik Wiseman (France)


“Society of the Snow,” J.A. Bayona (Spain, Uruguay, Chile) – Closing Film

“Coup de Chance,” Woody Allen (France, U.K.)

“The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar,” Wes Anderson (U.S.)

“The Penitent,” Luca Barbareschi (Italy)

“L’Ordine Del Tempo,” Liliana Cavani (Italy)

“Vivants,” Alix Delaporte (France, Belgium)

“Welcome to Paradise,” Leonardo di Constanzo

“DAAAAAALI!,” Quentin Dupieux (France)

“The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,” William Friedkin

“Making of,” Cédric Kahn (France)

“Aggro Dr1ft,” Harmony Korine (U.S.)

“Hit Man,” Richard Linklater (U.S.)

“The Palace,” Roman Polanski (Poland, France)

“Snow Leopard,” Pema Tseden (China)

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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