The 79th annual International Venice Film Festival

Maggie Adrian, Scratch Paper - Staff Member

The 79th annual Venice film festival is one of the biggest film festivals where some of the most highly anticipated movies are shown for the first time publicly. This year it was held at the Biennale Cinema in Lido di Venice from August 31st through September 10th. The festival does not only acknowledge major films but also shines a spotlight on international films and smaller films in the industry. Some of the most anticipated films this year that were shown  include, “Bones and All”, “Don’t Worry Darling”, and “The Whale”. Here’s the breakdown.

“Bones and All”-

Premiering at the festival on September 2nd, “Bones and All” based on the 2015 book with the same title by Camille DeAngelis is directed by Italian director Luca Guadagnino. Guadagnino also directed the 2017 Oscar winning film “Call Me By Your Name”.  The film has earned a Rotten Tomato score of 95% (which is really good). “Bones and All’ stars Timothee Chalamet and Taylor Russell who play two cannibals who fall in love. It follows their whereabouts of living on the edge of society and them traveling around the country. So if you’re up to see a coming of age story with a twist make sure to go see it in theaters on November 23rd this year.


“Don’t Worry Darling”-

“Don’t Worry Darling” is one of the most highly anticipated movies this year, and made its premier at the festival on September 5th. It consists of a star studded cast including Florence Pugh, Harry Styles (yes the man who sings about fruit), Nick Kroll, and Chris Pine. The film is directed by Olivia Wilde, who in 2019 made her directorial debut with the film “Booksmart”. “Don’t Worry Darling” is said to be partially inspired by “The Truman Show” and is a psychological thriller set in a California town in the 1950s. Pugh plays a housewife named Alice who is questioning life when she finds out secrets and dark truths about the town she lives in and the true purpose of it all. So mark your calendars because “Don’t Worry Darling” is set to release this month in theaters on September 23!


“The Whale”-

Coming from the film studio A24 “The Whale”  is based on the play by Samuel D. Hunter from 2012. “The Whale ” premiered at the festival on September 4th, the movie follows the life of an English teacher named Charlie who weighs 600 pounds and his struggle with obesity. It also follows an attempt to reconnect with his family and his 17 year-old daughter Ellie, after he drifted apart from them. Darren Aronofsky is the director of the film and the cast consists of Brendan Fraiser who plays Charlie, Sadie Sink who plays Ellie, and Hong Chau. This is Fraisers “comeback movie” since his last major role was in 2008 movie “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”. “The Whale” is set to release in theaters in the U.S. on December 9th, 2022.

There were many other films that premiered at the Venice Film Festival to find out more about the festival visit their website here →