What I’m excited to see at the Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday and I’m going to be there for the first time (AAAAAAHHH!) It is all very exciting, and here are the films I am most hyped about seeing.

First Man

To be honest, my excitement for this is less about the story and more about the team – Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong? Check. La La Land director Damien Chazelle? Check. Claire Foy? Check. This ticks so many boxes for me. It is essentially a biopic about Armstrong and examines the lead-up to the Apollo 11 mission which successfully landed people on the moon for the first time in 1969.

A Star is Born

I love Lady Gaga so obviously I can’t wait to see her starring and singing in Bradley Cooper‘s directorial debut. I so badly want her to blow everyone away and bag herself an Oscar and I’m really intrigued to see how Cooper deals with directing and co-starring. It’s been made a few times before but I’ve never seen any of the previous ones so I have no idea what will happen, but it’s basically about a hard-drinking country musician whose career spirals as he falls in love with a rising star. YES YES YES!

The Favourite

After The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, I have to check out Yorgos Lanthimos‘ next project, which stars Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. It’s a drama about two cousins who ended up in a bitter rivalry trying to become Queen Anne’s favourite. Given his previous work, I’m confident this isn’t going to be a straightforward period piece.



I don’t generally do horror films but with the incredible cast – including Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Chloe Grace Moretz – and the director being Call Me By Your Name‘s Luca Guadagnino, I just have to. I haven’t even seen the 1977 original so I have NO idea what to expect. This is basically a supernatural horror about an American ballet student who realises her foreign dance school is a front for a supernatural conspiracy after a series of murders. I am already terrified.

22 July

This is the only one on my list that isn’t reliant on star power. This is all about the story. This is a dramatisation of the 2011 Norway attacks, when Anders Breivik orchestrated a car bomb attack before opening fire on a summer camp. It will be powerful stuff, and I have full faith in Paul Greengrass, who has written, directed and produced this with a Norwegian cast and crew.

Vox Lux

All I needed to know for this to be a yes was the words “musical” and “Natalie Portman“. The plot details are quite vague, but she plays Celeste who achieves unexpected success due to an unusual set of circumstances. Very mysterious. I love musicals, I love Portman and I love Jude Law, so obviously I’m there.

The Venice Film Festival opens with First Man on Wednesday 29th August and runs until 8th September

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