Venice Film Festival has Kristen Stewart in ‘Equals’, Idris Elba in ‘Beasts of No Nation’
This year’s Venice Film Festival will include Kristen Stewart in a sci-fi romance, Idris Elba at war and a thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, as well as potentially awards-worthy performances from Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Organizers announced a 21strong competition lineup Wednesday for the festival, which takes place in September.
It includes Drake Doremus’ fu- turistic “Equals,” with Stewart and Nicholas Hoult; Luca Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash,” with Swinton, Johnson and Ralph Fiennes; and Cary Fukunaga’s African child-soldier story “Beasts of No Nation,” starring Elba.
Competition for the top Golden Lion prize also includes Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s animated feature “Anomalisa”; musician Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog”; and “The Danish Girl,” from “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper, which stars 2014 Oscarwinner Redmayne as a transgender woman in the 1920s.
There is also a new film from Canada’s Atom Egoyan (“Remember,” a Nazi-hunting thriller starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau).
Venice Biennale President Paolo Baratta gestures prior to a press conference to present the Venice Film Festival, in Rome Wednesday.