Venice Critics Week unveils 2023 line-up – Deadline

Venice Critics’ Week has announced the line-up for its 38th edition, which will run from August 30 to September 9 alongside the Venice Film Festival.

Seven competition titles include UK director Moeen Hussain’s feature film debut sky peels About a lonely man working the night shift at a motorway service station, with little human interaction or interaction.

Upon hearing that his estranged father has died, Adam finds himself juxtaposing a complex image of a man he never really knew and uncovers details of his life that he struggles to understand.

The first feature follows a trio of shorts traveling well Holy Thursday, real gods need bloodwhich premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week in 2017 and has also played at Sitges, Frightfest and Edinburgh, and naphtha,

Also there’s Luna Carmoon’s mother daughter drama from the UK A lot Including newcomer Saura Lightfoot Lyons stranger things actors and Joseph Quinn and Hayley Squire (i, daniel blake,

Taiwanese actor Lee Hong-chi will also unveil his directorial debut love is a gun About a petty criminal whose efforts to live a quiet life after his release from prison are interrupted by the reappearance of his former boss, his debt-ridden mother and an old friend.

Lee Hong Chi’s acting credits include thanatos, drunk, long day’s night journey, city of last things And Tigertail.

Further competition titles include the hybrid docu-fiction from German director Julia Führer Mann. life is not a competition but i am winningExplores the debate around trans inclusion and LGBTQ+ rights in sport through the figures of trans marathon runner Amanda Reiter and Ugandan athlete Annette Negesa, who were urged by international sports federations to undergo hormone-changing surgery.

The contest titles will compete for the €5,000 Grand Prize and the €3,000 Audience Award. The selection committee is headed by Delegate General Beatrice Fiorentino, consisting of Enrico Azzano, Chiara Borroni, Ilaria Fiole and Federico Pedroni.

Venice Critics Week has featured debut films from directors who have achieved A-list festival status in its 39 editions.

Past selections have included the premiere of Olivier Assayas’s Desordre (1986), Mike Leigh’s High Hopes (1988), Bruce Weber’s Let’s Get Lost (1988), Pablo Trapero’s (1988), mundo grua (1999), by Abdellatif Kechiche la forte à voltaire (2000 and ala edin slim last of us (2016).

2023 line-up:


about last year (Italy)
Dir. Dunja Lavecchia, Beatrice Surano, Morena Terranova

A lot (UK)
Dir. Luna Carmoon

life ain’t no competition but i’m winning (Germany)
Dir. julia fuhr mann

love is a gun (Hong Kong, China)
Dir. lee hong-chi

malcaridas (Chile, Germany)
tana gilbert

sky peels (UK)
Dir. moeen hussain

voordalk (France)
Dir. Adrian Beau

out of competition

god is a woman (France, Switzerland, Panama)
Dir. andres perot

Cruel (France, Morocco) – closing film
Dir. Sebastian Wanisek

special screening (in association with the Venice International Film Festival and Giornate degli Autori)

Passione Critica (Italy)
Dirs. Simone Isola, Franco Montini, Patrizia Pistagnelli