Check out here the complete line-up for the upcoming 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival, whose International Competition list includes Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation, Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash with Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes and Drake Doremus’ Equals, with Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.

The festival —which will open with the world premiere of Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest— will also feature the debut of The Audition, Martin Scorsese’s short with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Robert De Niro, as well as documentaries from Amy Berg and Noah Baumbach, and the previously announced world premiere of Scott Cooper’s Black Mass.

The main competition jury is led by Alfonso Cuarón, with Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Pawel Pawlikowski, Lynne Ramsay, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Elizabeth Banks, Diane Kruger, Emmanuel Carrère, and Francesco Munzi.

Dakota Johnson’s coming back in Italy for Venice Film Festival 2015!

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson will be making a bid for festival respectability in Venice this year where she’ll be pulling double duty as a supporting player in Scott Cooper’s Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass and Luca Guadagnino’s thriller A Bigger Splash.

Both are both part of the Venice Film Festival’s lineup, which organizers unveiled on Wednesday. The first will play out-of-competition, while the latter is part of the competition lineup.

In Black Mass, Johnson plays Lindsey Cyr, a waitress and former fashion model who became the girlfriend and common law-wife of the notorious Boston gangster, played in the film by Johnny Depp. In Bigger Splash, Johnson co-stars alongside Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone).

Fox Searchlight has picked up Bigger Splash for a U.S. release, while Warner Bros. is bowing Black Mass worldwide.



Independence Party by Vincent Michéa (b. 1963)

“…what is clear is that these square metre acrylic canvases, despite dating between 2009 and 2012, exude the optimism of an era not long after independence, with the clothes and afros, an advert for a now-defunct American airline, and Mediterranean colours even though we are on the much hazier, rougher Atlantic.  (Roy Lichtenstein’s burst into pop art, to which Michéa’s work is justifiably compared, was also in the 1960s.) - from ”Before the Bigger Splash", by Aarti wa Njoroge