Four Latin American Films Selected for Venice's Official Competition

The Distinguished Citizen  by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat

The Distinguished Citizen by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat

The Venice Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the world, has announced the lineup for its 73rd edition including productions both in competition and out of competition. Four Latin American films, all of them in their world premiere, will be participating in the main competition: Jackie by Chilean director Pablo Larraín, El ciudadano ilustre / The Distinguished Citizen by Argentinean directors Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, La región salvaje / The Untamed by Mexican director Amat Escalante, and El Cristo ciego by Chilean director Christopher Murray. 

These Latin American films will compete with other heavyweight directors of world cinema including Terrence Malick, Wim Wenders, Lav Diaz, and Emir Kusturica. Last year, the Venezuelan film Desde allá / From Afar by Lorenzo Vigas made history by becoming the first Latin American winner of the Golden Lion, the top prize of the Italian film festival.

Additionally, Kékszakállú the newest film by Argentinean director Gastón Solnicki will be the only Latin American film competing in the Orizzonti section of the festival. Inseparables by Marcos Carnevale, also from Argentina, will be screened in the Cinema Garden section of the festival, while Vigas—who also be a juror in the main competitions—will screen El vendedor de orquídeas, a documentary about his father who was a painter. 

The 73rd edition of the Venice Film Festival will take place August 31-September 10.