Cuarón, Reygadas and Tobal to Compete for Venice's Golden Lion


The Venice Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 75th edition, which includes the world premiere of three Latin American films in the official competition for the Golden Lion: Roma by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, Nuestro tiempo by Mexican director Carlos Reygadas, and Acusada by Argentine director Gonzalo Tobal.

Cuarón, who has served as president of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in the past, will be screening his black-and-white autobiographical drama about a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City, while his fellow countrymen Reygadas will be screening his much-anticipated film in which he plays the role of Juan, a husband in a couple an open relationship. Yet when his wife Ester falls in love with another man, Juan struggles to meet the expectations he has of himself.

Tobal's Acusada tells the story of Dolores, a young student whose best friend is brutally murdered. After two years in a highly-visible media case, she is the only one accused of the crim and everyone in the country has an opinion about her innocence or guilt. 

Additionally, three other Argentine films will be presented as in the official selection as out-of-competition: Mi obra maestra by Gastón Duprat, La quietud by Pablo Trapero, and the non-fiction film Introduzione All’Oscuro by Gastón Solnicki.

In the Orizzonti section of the festival, two Latin American feature films will have their world premiere: Deslembro by Brazilian director Flavia Castro, and La noche de 12 años by Uruguayan director Álvaro Brechner, plus the Argentine short film Los Bastardos by Tomas Posse.

As it was previously announced a new restored print of the Mexican film Hell Without Limits / El lugar sin límites by Arturo Ripstein will be screened as part of Venice Classics, and the Golden Lion jury will be headed by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. In the history of the Italian event, the longest-running film festival in the world, only one Latin American film has ever won the Golden Lion—the Venezuelan film From Afar by Lorenzo Vigas in 2015—as well as two films directed by Latin American filmmakers—Belle du Jour by Luis Buñuel in 1967 and The Shape of Water by del Toro last year.

The 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival will take place August 29 - September 8 in Italy.