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80th Venice Film Festival Announces 2023 Lineup, Zendaya-Led ‘Challengers’ Pulled from Slate

By: Erick Massoto
Publication: Collider
July 25, 2023
July 25, 2023

The event will feature new films from Bradley Cooper, David Fincher, and Ava DuVernay.

The 80th Venice Film Festival is gearing up to deliver its most different edition ever this September. Hollywood stars are likely not going to attend the event due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike (which prevents them from promoting movies as well), but that didn’t stop the event’s organization to put together a lineup that will certainly make attendees rush to get their tickets. There was some concern that high-profile titles would be pulled from the festival following the strike, but so far the only movie that was removed was Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers.

The movies slated to premiere at the festival hail from some of the biggest names in the film industry. David Fincher (Gone Girl) will debut his new thriller The Killer, and the highly expected biopic Ferrari by director Michael Mann will also be screened at the festival, as well as Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla. Ava DuVernay (Selma) is set to make history within the festival as the first Black female director to compete for a Golden Lion in the event’s main category with her new film Origin – which is also her first feature film in five years.

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