The Top 13 Films I'm Excited to See at Veniceby keithsim | last updated - 1 month ago
Venice kicks off the Awards Season (I think we have to capitalize it now by law) in a big way every year. There are always at least two major films that premiere on the Lido and this year is no exception. There's a full lineup listing here but these 13 captured my attention the most.
1. Downsizing (2017)
135 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.
2. The Shape of Water (2017)
R | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
3. Racer and the Jailbird (2017)
130 min | Crime, Drama
Set against the background of a brutal crime gang in Brussels, a tragic love story between Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts), a high-flying gangster, and Bibi (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young racing driver with very upper-class roots.
4. Mother! (2017)
R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
5. Suburbicon (2017)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A home invasion rattles a quiet family town.
Actually, don't watch this trailer either. It might dissuade you from seeing it. Written by the Coens and directed by Clooney gives all kinds of street cred to the project but this is a hard, hard line to walk. I hope they can do it.
6. Lean on Pete (2017)
R | 121 min | Adventure, Drama
The film follows fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson. He wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of the year. As the son of a single father working ... See full summary »
The plot may seem like something out of a straight-to-DVD family film but Haigh directed the stunning 45 Years so put those thoughts right out of your head.
7. Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017)
180 min | Drama, Romance
Amin, a young screenwriter goes to his Mediterranean home town for a summer vacation where he falls in love with Jasmine, and meets a producer who agrees to finance his first film. But when... See full summary »
Sure, it's a pretentious title but so is Blue Is the Warmest Color which Kechiche also directed. Adèle Exarchopoulos's character, Adele, was one of the strongest female roles I've seen in a good long time with one of the best exits in recent cinema history.
8. Gatta Cenerentola (2017)
86 min | Animation
Cenerentola struggles to escape the shadow and evil schemes of her stepmother and six stepsisters who all live aboard the Megaride, a ship stuck in the port of a decaying future Naples.
The team that created the award-wiinning L'arte Della Fellicita return to Venice (where they also took home some prizes) with this intriguing tale. It sounds like Cinderella on crack for a reason.
9. Sandome no satsujin (2017)
Mikuma has a criminal record dating back many years and is now under the spotlight again. It looks like an open and shut case, for Mikuma has confessed to the new charge. Enter prominent ... See full summary »
Koreeda is a Cannes staple so it's interesting to see him on the Lido. His films have been in Competition for the Palme d'Or four times and Koreeda won the Jury Prize for his direction of Like Father, Like Son. The poster does make Murder seems a little like a genre pander...it will be intriguing to see what comes of this.
10. First Reformed (2017)
108 min | Drama, Thriller
A former military chaplain is wracked by grief over the death of his son. Mary is a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide, setting the plot in motion.
Venice is known for giving old Hollywood lions at chance to roar once more even if they can't utter above a growl. In 2014 they showed She's Funny That Way, a sweet, sometimes hilarious, mess of a film from one-time legend. Peter Bogdanovich.
Schrader, among many of his amazing credits, wrote Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and the adaptation of The Mosquito Coast.
11. The Leisure Seeker (2017)
R | 112 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker.
One of two silver-maned romances starring formidable Hollywood stars. This is the one in competition.
12. Our Souls at Night (2017)
103 min | Drama, Romance
Fonda and Redford will star as Addie Moore and Louis Waters, a widow and widower who've lived next to each other for years. The pair have almost no relationship, but that all changes when Addie tries to make a connection with her neighbor.
13. The Private Life of a Modern Woman (2017)
71 min | Drama
Successful actress Vera Lockman thrashes during a nightmare in which she struggles with, shoots and kills her drug-dealer ex-boyfriend. Jolted awake, she reveals in her journal that the ... See full summary »
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