Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, the 77th edition of the Venice International Film Festival will take place as scheduled. This Tuesday, Alberto Barbera, director of the film competition, released the list of films that will make up the official selection of the Mostra in its different sections, among which we find two Mexican films: New order, by Michel Franco, and Tragic jungleby Yulene Olaizola.

Venice will be the first major film meeting to be held since the increase in COVID-19 cases forced much of the world to enter a period of health contingency. The organizers indicated that they will adhere to the measures established by the authorities to respect the healthy distance and avoid large concentrations of people. The festival will serve as an exit window for the latest feature films by acclaimed filmmakers such as Chloé Zhao, Andréi Konchalovski, Nicole Garcia, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Gianfranco Rosi.

In that sense, New order It will be one of the 18 films that will seek to win the coveted Golden Lion, the highest award of the Mostra, which in recent years has been awarded to productions such as La forma del agua (Guillermo del Toro, 2017), Rome (Alfonso Cuarón , 2018) and Joker (Todd Phillips, 2019). Director Michel Franco (After Lucia; The Daughters of April) makes his first appearance in Venice with this production set in a dystopian future in a Mexico where there are even more social contrasts and violence reigns, causing people to resort to their instincts darker to survive. The cast is led by Diego Boneta, Naián González Norvind and Darío Yazbek.

New Order, by Michel Franco

For his part, Tragic jungle It will be part of the Horizons section, dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in world cinema. The fifth feature film by Yulene Olaizola (Intimacies of Shakespeare and Víctor Hugo; Epitafio) takes place deep in the Mayan jungle in 1920, where a group of chewing gum workers meets a mysterious young Belizean on her way. Their presence causes tension between them, fueling their fantasies and desires. Without realizing it, these men have awakened the Xtabay, an ancient legend that lurks from the heart of the jungle.

It should be noted that there is a third Mexican film that will be shown as part of the festival activities, it is 50 or two whales are on the beach, Jorge Cuchí’s debut film. The film was selected to compete in the 35th edition of the Venice International Critics’ Week, a parallel and independent section of the Mostra, which is organized by the Italian Film Critics Union. The story follows two teenagers who meet because of the « Blue Whale Game », fall in love and decide to face a final challenge together: suicide.

50 or two whales are on the beach, by Jorge Cuchí

Below you can see the complete list of films that will form the Venice Film Festival 2020:

Official Selection

In Between Dying by Hilal Baydarov
Le Sorelle Macaluso, by Emma Dante
The World To Come by Mona Fastvol
New Order, by Michel Franco
Lovers by Nicole Garcia
Laila in Haifa by Amos Gitai
Dear Comrades, by Andrei Konchalovsky
Wife Of A Spy by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Sun Children by Majid Majidi
Pieces Of A Woman by Kornel Mundruczo
Miss Marx by Susanna Nicchiarelli
Padrenostro, by Claudio Noce
Notturno, by Gianfranco Rosi
Never Gonna Snow Again, by Malgorzata Szumowska & Michal Englert
The Disciple by Chaitanya Tamhane
And Tomorrow The Entire World by Julia Von Heinz
Quo Vadis, Aida ?, by Jasmila Zbanic
Chloé Zha’s Nomadland


Apples by Christos Nikou
La Troisième Guerre, by Giovanni Aloi
Milestone by Ivan Ayr
The Wasteland by Ahmad Bahrami
The Man Who Sold His Skin by Kaouther Ben Hania
I Predatori, by Pietro Castellitto
Gia Coppola’s Mainstream
Genus Pan by Lav Diaz
Zanka Contact, by Ismael El Iraki
Guerra E Pace, by Martina Parenti & Massimo D’Anolfi
La Nuit Des Rois, by Philippe Lacôte
The Furnace by Roderick Mackay
Careless Crime by Shahram Mokri
Gaza Mon Amour by Tarzan Nasser & Arab Nasser
Selva Trágica, by Yulene Olaizola
Nowhere Special, by Uberto Pasolini
Listen, by Ana Rocha de Sousa
The Best Is Yet To Come by Wang Jing
Yellow Cat by Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Special Functions – Out of Competition

30 Coins (Episode 1), by Alex de la Iglesia
Princesse Europe by Camille Lotteau
Omelia Contadina, by Alice Rohrwacher Jr

Out of Competition – Fiction

Lacci, by Daniele Lucheti
Lasciami Andare, by Stefano Mordini
Mandibules, by Quentin Dupieux
Love After Love by Ann Hui
Assandira, by Salvatore Mereu
The Duke by Roger Michell
Park Soon-jung’s Night In Paradise
Mosquito State by Filip Jan Rymsza

Out of Competition – Non-Fiction

Sportin ’Life, by Abel Ferrara
Crazy, Not Insane, by Alex Gibney
Greta by Nathan Grossman
Salvatore, Shoemaker Of Dreams, by Luca Guadagnino
Final Account by Luke Holland
La Verita Su La Dolce Vita, by Giuseppe Pedersoli
Molecole, by Andrea Segre
Narciso Em Ferias, by Renato Terra, Ricardo Calil
Paulo Conte, Via Con Me, by Giorgio Verdelli
Hopper / Welles by Orson Welles

Actress Cate Blanchett, who won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress for the biographical film My Story Without Me in 2007, will head the international jury for the event. The rest of the members are the British director Joanna Hogg, the French actress Ludivine Sagnier, the Austrian filmmaker Veronika Franz, the German director Christian Petzold, the Romanian director Cristi Puiu and the Italian writer Nicola Lagioia.

Tragic jungle, by Yulene Olaizola.

The 77th edition of the Venice International Film Festival It will take place from September 2 to 12, 2020.