‘Parallel Mothers’, ‘Dune’, ‘Spencer’ and ‘Final Duel’: The most anticipated Venice Film Festival arrives

The Italian contest kicks off today, September 1, with the latest from Pedro Almodóvar. The event will put its finishing touch on September 11.

The Venice Film Festival starts today his 78th edition and, without a doubt, the Italian event has become one of the most anticipated of the year. Among the films that will be shown at the event from today, September 1, until next September 11, we find titles such as Parallel mothers, Dune, Final duel and Spencer.

Director Pedro Almodóvar is in charge of opening the festival with his new film Parallel mothers, starring Penelope Cruz – who also competes with Official competition-, Milena Smit and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón. The film, which hits Spanish cinemas on October 8th, follows two women who give birth on the same day. The coincidence in the hospital will create a bond between them over time even though they both follow different paths as their respective children grow up.

Another of the films that will compete for the Golden lion it is Spencer, the ‘biopic’ of Lady Di starring Kristen Stewart and directed by Pablo Larraín. The film narrates the Christmas weekend that the princess lived with the British royal family in the early 90s and in which she decided that her marriage to Prince Charles was not working.


  • Mona Lisa and The Blood Moon de Ana Lily Amirpour
  • Another world by Stéphane Brizé
  • The power of the dog by Jane Champion
  • America Latina de Damiano D’Innocenzo and Fabio D’Innocenzo
  • The event by Audrey Diwan
  • Official competition by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn
  • The hole by Michelangelo Frammartino
  • Sundown by Michael Fanco
  • The lost illusions by Xavier Giannoli
  • The Lost Daughter the Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Freaks Out by Gabriele Mainetti
  • Here I laugh de Mario Martone
  • On the Job: The Missing 8 de Erik Matti
  • Leave No Traces de Jan P. Matuszynski
  • Captain Volkonogov Escaped de Natasha Merkulova y Aleksey Chupov
  • The Card Counter de Paul Schrader
  • It was the hand of God by Paolo Sorrentino
  • Reflection de Valentyn Vasyanovych
  • Box by Lorenzo Vigas


Already out of competition, Dune (September, 17th in cinemas), one of the most anticipated films of the year will be present at the festival. The adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel is directed by Denis Villeneuve and has a stellar cast led by Timothée Chalamet. Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Zendaya and Javier Bardem are other names in the cast.

The story follows the family Atreides, who is sent to Arrakis to oversee the extraction of the prized spice known as melange. Paul, the son of the duke Summer y de la Bene Gesserit Jessica, leave with his family Caladan to move to this desert planet. There they will have to face the threats of the baron Harkonnen and join the Fremen, the indigenous people of Arrakis.

Ridley Scott is another of the directors who will also have a place in the 78th edition of the festival. There you will see your new project Final duel (October 15th in theaters), which stars Jodie Comer, Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck as the leads. The film brings to the big screen the confrontation between the knight Jean de Carrouges and the squire Jacques LeGris. The duel is due to the accusation of Marguerite de Carrouges, wife of the first, having been raped by the second.

This year, the contest also wanted terror to be among the films in its edition. Halloween Kills (October 22 in theaters), the sequel to The halloween night has David Gordon Green as director and also with the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as the mythical Laurie Strode. In addition to this title, you will also see Last night in Soho (November 5th in theaters) psychological horror film starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie.

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