Four French films, directed by Robert Guédiguian, Roman Polanski, Olivier Assayas and, more surprisingly, Hirokazu Kore-eda (a French-majority coproduction) will be presented in the Official Competition at the upcoming Venice Film Festival (August 28—September 7). All up, around thirty French films (including coproductions and all production formats) will make their world premieres at the 2019 edition of the world's longest-standing film festival.
In addition to the four films in the Official Competition—which include the festival's opening film The Truth by Hirokazu Kore-Eda—around ten French productions and majority-French coproductions, as well as around ten minority coproductions) will be showcased at the event. These titles include the latest films by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Costa Gavras, and, in the Orizzonti section, debut features by Jessica Palud and Antoine de Bary, as well as a new version Irreversible by Gaspar Noé titled Irréversible - Inversion intégrale.
New films by Dominik Moll and Fabienne Berthaud will be screened in the competitive sidebar section Venice Days, including the experimental film Bartabas, Time of the Untamed, which will be screened as closing film.
Four French shorts will be showcased at this year's festival, not to mention a selection of VR works, with five French productions in the competitive and non-competitive sections of the third edition of Venice VR.
France will also be represented at the festival in the juries, with Stacy Martin joining the Official Competition jury, and Rachid Bouchareb in the Orizzonti jury.
French films at the 2019 Venice Film Festival
Out of Competition
Orizzonti - Short Films
Orizzonti (Short Films) - Out of Competition
Venice VR - Competition
Venice VR - Out of Competition
Furthermore, we can note that four productions coproduced by France have been selected for the 7th Final Cut in Venice Workshop, whose mission is to finalize six international projects from African or Near-Eastern countries.