Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana Biopic to Screen at Venice Film Festival

Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana Biopic to Screen at Venice Film Festival

The story of the agony of Diana, Princess of Wales following the divorce of Prince Charles will be engaged in battle with an adaptation of The Lost Girl and The Power of the Dog by Elena Ferrante, the long-awaited return of Jane Campion to the big screen, for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

The programming for the 2021 event in September was announced on Monday by artistic director Alberto Barbera, which, like last year’s edition at the height of the pandemic, will be a mostly in-person event. It will closely follow Cannes, which hosted a physical festival earlier this month, having been forced to postpone its traditional niche until mid-May.

Diana’s marital problems are at the center of Spencer’s drama, with the drama starring Kristen Stewart set over a Christmas weekend in Sandringham. It’s directed by Pablo Larraín, the highly acclaimed Chilean filmmaker for Jackie, Jacqueline Onassis’ 2016 biopic starring Natalie Portman. The Lost Daughter is adapted from Ferrante’s 2006 novel about a college professor whose childhood trauma is unlocked when she meets a younger mother and daughter on a beach; it stars Olivia Colman and is the film debut by actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. The Power of the Dog is the first feature film directed by Campion in 12 years, since Bright Star in 2009; it is an adaptation of the 1967 novel by Thomas Savage and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst.

Penélope Cruz and Pedro Almodóvar (pictured at Cannes in 2019) reunite in Parallel Mothers in Venice 2021. Photograph: Arthur Mola / Invision / AP

Competing for the festival’s top prize, they will join Pedro Almodóvar’s new film Parallel Mothers, along with his regular collaborator Penélope Cruz, which was previously announced as the festival’s opening gala. Other strong names in the competition include Paolo Sorrentino, with a vaguely autobiographical drama titled The Hand of God, Paul Schrader’s play-drama The Card Counter, and Ana Lily Amirpour’s Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon.

Venice will also see screenings of major international films that are not in competition for the Golden Lion; these include the world premieres of the big-budget adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, starring Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson and directed by Denis Villeneuve, and Halloween Kills, the 12th in the long-running horror franchise, starring Jamie Lee Curtis (who is awarded the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award). The final duel, the chivalrous romance directed by Ridley Scott, and Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated horror thriller Last Night in Soho, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, will add to the star power on Venice Lido. Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac star in a screening of the HBO TV series Scenes from a Marriage, a remake of Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 miniseries, while Ruth Wilson stars in True Things, the director’s second feature film. British Harry Wootliff.

The Venice Film Festival will open on September 1 and last until September 11.

Complete program for the Venice Film Festival

Parallel Mothers (dir: Pedro Almodóvar) – opening film
Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon (dir: Ana Lily Amirpour)
Another world (dir: Stéphane Brizé)
The Power of the Dog (dir: Jane Campion)
Latin America (dir: Damiano D’Innocenzo, Fabio D’Innocenzo)
The event (dir: Audrey Diwan)
Official Competition (dir: Gaston Depart, Mariano Cohn)
Le Trou (dir: Michelangelo Frammartino)
Sunset (dir: Michel Franco)
Lost Illusions (dir: Xavier Giannoli)
The Lost Girl (dir: Maggie Gyllenhaal)
Spencer (real: Pablo Larraín)
Freaks Out (réal : Gabriele Mainetti)
Here I laugh (dir: Mario Martone)
At work: The 8 missing (dir: Eric Matti)
Leave No Trace (dir: Jan P Matuszyski)
Escaped Captain Volkonogov (dir: Yuriy Borisov)
The Card Counter (dir: Paul Schrader)
The Hand of God (dir: Paolo Sorrentino)
Reflection (dir: Valentin Vasyanovych)
La Caja (real: Lorenzo Vigas)

Out of Competition – fiction
The Hidden Child (réal: Roberto Andò) – film de clôture
Human Things (dir: Yvan Attal)
Ariaferma (real: Leonardo Di Costanzo)
Halloween Kills (réal : David Gordon Green.)
The Catholic School (dir: Stefano Mordini)
Old Henry (real: Potsy Ponciroli)
The Last Duel (dir: Ridley Scott)
Dune (dir: Denis Villeneuve)
Last Night in Soho (dir: Edgar Wright)

Out of competition – non-fiction
The Life of Crime 1984-2020 (dir: Jon Albert)
Trenches (dir: Loup Bureau)
Journey into Twilight (dir: Augusto Contento)
Republic of Silence (dir: Diana El Jeiroudi)
Hallelujah : Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song (réal : Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine)
DeAndré # Deandré Employee story (dir: Roberta Lena)
Django&Django (réal : Luca Rea)
Ezio Bosso. The Things That Remain (dir: Giorgio Verdelli)

Out of Competition – TV Series
Scenes from a Wedding (episodes 1-5) (dir: Hagai Levi)

The Promises (dir: Thomas Kruithof) – opening film
Atlantis (director: Yuri Ancarani)
Miracle (real: Bogdan George Apetri)
Pilgrims (dir: Laurynas Bareisa)
Peacock’s Paradise (dir: Laura Bispuri)
The Falls (dir: Chung Mong-Hong)
The Hole in the Fence (dir: Joachin Del Paso)
Amira (réal : Mohamed Diab)
Full time (dir: Eric Gravel)
107 mothers (dir: Peter Kerkekes)
Vera Rêves de la mer (real: Kaltrina Krasniqi)
White building (dir: Kavich Neang)
Anatomy of Time (dir: Jakrawal Nilthamrong)
The Other Tom (real: Rodrigo Pla, Laura Santullo)
The Great Movement (dir: Kiro Russo)
Once upon a time in Calcutta (dir: Adita Vikram Sengupta)
Rhino (réal : Oleg Sentsov)
Real Things, (dir: Harry Wootliff)
Inu-Oh, (real: Yuasa Masaaki)

Additional horizons
Land of Dreams (dir: Shirin Nest, Shoja Azari) – opening film
Costa Brava (dir: Mounia Akl)
Mom, I’m at home (dir: Vladimir Bitokov)
My Night (dir: Antoinette Boulot)
The Flying Girl (dir: Wilma Labate)
7 Prisoners (dir: Alexandre Moratto)
The blind man who didn’t want to see Titanic, (dir: Teemu Nikki)
Alfredo C’s Image Machine (dir: Roland Sejko)


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