74th Venice International Film FestivalWhat is next

What to expect from the festival
and what it tells us about the future

“Rather than a snapshot of the present, or a souvenir selfie of our contemporary cinema, the films we propose are in some way a perception of the future, an indication of one or more (or better) directions that are opening up for the future, like a forward sprint, as we scrutinize the horizon to spot “what’s next”. If we have not moved too far from the uncertainty of this goal, we can once again claim that there is some meaning to our work.” – Alberto Barbera, Director of the 74th Venice International Film Festival.
The future Mr. Barbera is talking about is an international landscape embracing talented creative minds from all over the world. The 74th edition of Venice International Film Festival sees the presentation of a huge selection of American works starting with Downsizing by Alexander Payne that opens the line up joined by Italians as Andrea Pallaoro, Manetti Bros., Sebastiano Riso and Paolo Virzì. Coming from France: The Insult
 by Ziad Doueiri, Mektoub, My love: Canto uno by Abdellatif Kechiche and La villa by Robert Guédiguian.
Along with a rich program of projections and events, what makes this edition definitely different is the Virtual reality section. As Mr. Barbera states: “ It is likely that VR is not (will not be) an extension of cinema or indeed its future, but something else and completely different, that will coexist beside it and become rooted in dedicated spaces (theatres created ad hoc, contemporary art museums, etc.). The fact, however, that so many contemporary artists and filmmakers are now at work experimenting with the creative and expressive potential of this new language, seems to us a perfectly sufficient motivation to justify the decision we have made.”