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Venice Film Festival: Brad Pitt Space Drama Ad Astra Among Line-up


LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Desk)– Brad Pitt’s space drama Ad Astra, along with Timothée Chalamet and Robert Pattinson’s Shakespearean drama The King, are among the movies which will have their world premiere at the Venice Film Festival which begins in late August.

Director Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers movie The Laundromat, which stars Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman, is also on the festival’s line up.

Haifaa Al-Mansour, who is the first female director to shoot a movie in Saudia Arabia, will screen her new film The Perfect Candidate at the festival.

Controversially, Roman Polanski’s latest An Officer and a Spy will also play at Venice. Polanski was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year because of his 1977 rape conviction. He’s taking legal action in an attempt to be reinstated.

Venice, along with Toronto and Telluride, is a festival where awards hopefuls have often launched their campaigns. In recent years, Oscar best picture winners including The Shape of Water and Birdman have been screened for the first time at the Italian festival.

This year’s event is being seen as one with a fewer number of Oscar hopefuls in the line-up compared to 2018, where the world premieres included A Star Is Born, First Man, and The Favourite.

elluride, which takes place in Colorado at the end of August, doesn’t confirm its line up until just before it starts. Some Oscar tipped films including Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in The Aeronauts, and Queen & Slim – which stars Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya – haven’t yet been confirmed for any festivals.

Toronto revealed some of the films that will be shown there earlier this week.

Here’s a round-up of some of this year’s potential awards contenders so far, along with details of which Festivals they’ll be shown at.