The Venice International Film Festival: World Premieres & Golden Lions

Led by Alberto Barbera, the oldest film festival in the world returns to present an innovative diversity of cinema from around the globe. The 72nd Venice International Film Festival will host retrospectives of work in homage to important figures who have contributed immensely to contemporary cinema and its underpinning history.

From 2 September, the 2015 edition celebrates seasoned, famed filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Noah Baumbach and Frederick Wiseman, whilst premiering highly anticipated pictures from fresh talent from over 40 different countries. Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest is set to open the festival; a thrilling biopic featuring an outstanding cast, and Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl will have its world premiere later in the week. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, the film is an emotive and inspirational biopic chronicling the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegene, as they negotiate Lili’s pioneering journey to becoming transgender.

Elsewhere, audiences will be confronted with tales of shocking truth in child-soldier drama Beasts of No Nation by Emmy-award winning Cary Fukunaga, and Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, a retelling of the ground-breaking investigation of child sex abuse within the Catholic Church by the ‘Boston Globe’. Others to note include Charlie Kaufman’s animated Anomalisa, Laurie Anderson’s first feature length film, Heart of a Dog, and Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, which sees Johnny Depp as notorious criminal, Whitey Bulger.

The Venice Film Festival will also revisit timeless classics which have shaped contemporary cinema. This year’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award has been given to Bertrand Tavernier for his outstanding contribution to cinema. As part of this award, Tavernier will receive a ‘carte blanche’ and the title of Guest Director for the Venice Classics section. Tavernier will select four rare films and personally introduce them to the audiences before the screenings in this division.

The 72nd Venice International Film Festival, part of La Biennale di Venezia, 2 – 12 September, Venice Lido.

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1. Still from Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl.