Kicking off on August 31, the 79th Venice Film Festival will feature films from Olivia Wilde (Don’t Worry Darling), Darren Aronofsky (The Whale), and Noah Baumbach (White Noise). Baumbach’s film will open the festival, which will be the first time a Netflix film does so at Venice.

Netflix will certainly have its seat at the table again this year with films like Blonde, a drama on the forever intriguing Marilyn Monroe, also among its entries. The film was directed by Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly, The Assassination of Jesse James).


Also expect to see Oliver Stone’s latest documentary, Nuclear; Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All (with Timotheé Chalamet); and Lars Von Trier’s series called The Kingdom Exodus.

The Hanging Sun, Francesco Carrozzini’s drama based on the bestselling thriller from Jo Nesbø, will close Venice on September 10.

Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling will see its world premiere a Venice. The film stars Olivia Wilde, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll, and Dita Von Teese.


Ti West X‘s prequel, Pearl, will also be part of the festivities. The film stars Mia Goth.


The Venice Film Festival is organized by La Biennale di Venezia and directed by Alberto Barber. It runs from Aug. 31 – Sept. 10.

Full lineup

Venezia 79 Competition

White Noise, directed by Noah Baumbach (U.S.)

Il Signore Delle Formiche, directed by Gianni Amelio (Italy)

The Whale, directed by Darren Aronofsky (U.S.)

L’lmensita, directed by Emanuel Crialese (Italy)

Saint Omer, directed by Alice Diop (France)

Blonde, directed by Andrew Dominik (U.S.)

TÁR, directed by Todd Field (U.S.)

Love Life, directed by Kôji Fukada (Japan, France)

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Mexico)

Athena, directed by Romain Gavras (France)

Bones and All, directed by Luca Guadagnino (U.S.)

The Eternal Daughter, directed by Joanna Hogg (U.K.)

Beyond The Wall, directed by Vahid Jalilvand (Iran)

The Banshees of Inisherin, directed by Martin McDonagh (U.K., U.S.)

Argentina, 1985, directed by Santiago Mitre (Argentina, U.S.)

Chiara, directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli (Italy)

Monica, directed by Andrea Pallaoro (Italy)

No Bears, directed by Jafar Panahi (Iran)

All The Beauty and The Bloodshed, directed by Laura Poitras (U.S.)

A Couple, directed by Frederick Wiseman (U.S.)

The Son, directed by Florian Zeller (U.K.)

Our Ties, directed by Roschdy Zem (France)

Other People’s Children, directed by Rebecca Zlotowski (France)

Fiction films (Out of Competition)

The Hanging Sun, directed by Francesco Carrozzini (Italy)

When The Waves Are Gone, directed by Lav Diaz (Philippines, France, Portugal, Denmark)

Living, directed by Oliver Hermanus (U.K.)

Dead For a Dollar, directed by Walter Hill (U.S.)

Call Of God, directed by Kim Ki-duk (Estonia, Kirighistan, Lettonia)

Dreamin’ Wild, directed by Bill Pohlad (U.S.)

Master Gardener, directed by Paul Schrader (U.S.)

Siccitá, directed by Paolo Virzì (Italy)

Pearl, directed by Ti West (U.S.)

Don’t Worry Darling, directed by Olivia Wilde (U.S.)


Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky (Ukraine, U.K., U.S.)

The Matchmaker, directed by Benedetta Argentieri (Italy)

Gli Ultimi Giorni Dell’Umanità, directed by Enrico Ghezzi and Alessandro Gagliardo (Italy)

A Compassionate Spy, directed by Steve James (U.S.)

Music For Black Pigeons, directed by Jørgen Leth and Andreas Koefoed (Denmark)

The Kiev Trial, directed by Sergei Loznitsa (The Netherlands, Ukraine)

In Viaggio, directed by Gianfranco Rosi (Italy)

Bobi Wine Ghetto President, directed by Christopher Sharp and Moses Bwayo (Uganda, U.K., U.S.)

Nuclear, directed by Oliver Stone (U.S.)

Short Films

Maid, directed by Lucretia Martel

Look at Me, directed by Sally Potter

Series (Out of Competition)

The Kingdom Exodus (Episodes 1-5), directed by Lars Von Trier (Denmark)

Copenhagen Cowboy (Episodes 1-6), directed by Nicholas Winding Refn (Denmark)


Princess, directed by Roberto De Paolis (Italy)

Victim, directed by Michal Blasko (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany)

On The Fringe, directed by Juan Diego Botto (Spain)

Trenque Lauquen, directed by Laura Citarella (Argentina, Germany)

Vera, directed by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel (Austria)

Innocence, directed by Guy Davidi (Denmark, Israel, Finland, Iceland)

Blanquita, directed by Fernando Guzzoni (Chile, Mexico)

Pour La France, directed by Rachid Hami (France, Taipei)

A Man, directed by Key Ishikawa (Japan)

Bread and Salt, directed by Damian Kocur (Poland)

Luxembourg, Luxembourg, directed by Antonio Lukich (Ukraine)

Ti Mangio il Cuore, directed by Pippo Mezzapesa (Italy)

To The North, directed by Mihai Mincan (Romania, France, Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic)

Autobiography, directed by Makbul Mubarak (France, Germany, Qatar)

The Sitting Duck, Jean-Paul Salomé (France)

World War III, directed by Houman Seyiedi (Iran)

The Happiest Man in the World,  directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska (Bosnia, Belgium, Denmark)

The Bride, directed by Sergio Trefaut (Portugal)


Origin of Evil, directed by Sébastien Marnier

Hanging Gardens, directed by Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji

Amanda, directed by Carolina Cavalli

Zapatos Rojos, directed by Carlos Eichelmann Kaiser

Nezouh, directed by Soudade Kaadan

Notte Fantasma, directed by Fulvio Risuleo

Without Her, directed by Arian Vazirdaftari

Valeria Is Getting Married, directed by Michael Vinik

Goliath, directed by Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Main photo courtesy of A24, Venice Film Festival