The red carpet may not have as many stars as in previous years, but the 2023 edition of the Venice Film Festival will feature a slew of highly anticipated films. And, likely, their directors taking center stage. Today La Biennale di Venezia announced 82 selections including highly anticipated world premieres Bradley Cooper’s “Maestro,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things,” Sofia Coppola’s “Priscilla,” David Fincher’s “The Killer,” Michael Mann’s “Ferrari” and, in a surprise, Ava DuVernay’s “Origin.”
Other films selected to screen on the Lido include Luc Besson’s “Dogman” with Caleb Landry Jones; Richard Linkletter’s “The Hit Man” with Glen Powell; Michael Franco’s “Memory” with Jessica Chastain and Peter Skarsgard; Bertrand Bonello’s “The Beast” with Lea Seydoux and George MacKay; Pablo Larrain’s “El Conde”; Ryusuke Hamaguchi follow up to “Drive My Car,” “Aku Wa Sonzai Shinai (Evil Does Not Exist)”; and Agnieszka Holland‘s under the radar “Zielona Granica (The Green Border)”
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the festival lineup is that Woody Allen’s “Coup de Chance” was selected. Allen has not had a film in the United States since “Rifkin’s Festival” was barely released in January 2020. How the film industry reacts to Allen being allowed back into the good graces of one of the world’s premiere film festivals will be a developing story in the weeks ahead. And, Allen isn’t the only controversial director on the slate, Roman Polanski returns to Venice with “The Palace” starring John Cleese and Mickey Rourke, among others.