The 76th Venice International Film Festival is organised by La Biennale di Venezia, and will be held on the Lido di Venezia from 28 August to 7 September 2019. The Festival is officially recognised by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association).

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. In addition to the sections mentioned in the following paragraphs, the Festival also organises retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.

Here are all the Asian movies we found in the line-up:

La Vérité

VENEZIA 76 COMPETITION  –  An international competition comprising a maximum of 20 feature-length films, presented as world premieres.
LA VÉRITÉ (THE TRUTH)
Director Kore-eda Hirokazu / France, Japan / 106’
LAN XIN DA JU YUAN (SATURDAY FICTION)
Director Ye Lou / China / 126’
JI YUAN TAI QI HAO (NO. 7 CHERRY LANE)
Director Yonfan / Hong Kong / 125’

No.7 Cherry Lane

ORIZZONTI  –  An international competition dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema.
BIK ENEICH – UN FILS
by Mehdi M. Barsaoui / Tunisia, France, Lebanon, Qatar / 96’
HAVA, MARYAM, AYESHA
by Sahraa Karimi / Afghanistan / 86’
QIQIU (BALLOON)
by Pema Tseden / China / 102’
VERDICT
by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez / Philippines, France / 100’
METRI SHESHO NIM (JUST 6.5)
by Saeed Roustaee / Iran / 135’
CHOLA (SHADOW OF WATER)
by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan / India / 120’
ORIZZONTI SHORT FILMS COMPETITION
ROQAIA

by Diana Saqeb Jamal / Afghanistan, Bangladesh / 11’
MORAE (SAND)
by Kyungrae Kim / South Korea / 16’

Roqaia

VENICE CLASSICS  – A selection of the finest recent restorations of classic films, and documentaries about cinema or individual authors of yesteryear or today.
KHANEH SIAH AST (THE HOUSE IS BLACK)
by Forough Farrokhzad (documentary) / 1963 / Iran / 20’
TAPPEHA-YE MARLIK
by Ebrahim Golestan (documentary) / 1963 / Iran / 15’

Khaneh Siah Ast

VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY  –  A maximum of 30 world-premieres or international premieres of VR Immersive Stories/Experiences of any length and of any VR format.
COMPETITION – INTERACTIVE
BODYLESS
by Hsin-Chien Huang / Taiwan / 31’
BODYLESS
by Hsin-Chien Huang / Taiwan / 31’
A LIFE IN FLOWERS
by Armando Kirwin / USA, Japan / 20’
INORI
by Liu Szu-ming, Takahashi Kisei / Taiwan / 17’
COMPETITION – LINEAR
BATTLE HYMN

by Yair Agmon / Israel / 11’
ONLY THE MOUNTAIN REMAINS [5×1 PROJECT]
by Chiang Wei Liang / Taiwan / 30’
GHOST IN THE SHELL: GHOST CHASER
by Hiroaki Higashi / Japan / 8’
BLACK BAG
by Qing Shao / China / 12’
GLOOMY EYES
by Tereso Jorge, Fernando Maldonado / France, Argentina, Taiwan, USA / 18’
O [5×1 PROJECT]
by Qiu Yang / Taiwan / 23’
BEST OF VR – OUT OF COMPETITION
TO THE MOON

by Laurie Anderson, Huang Hsin-Chien / Taiwan, USA / 15’
THE MAKING OF [5×1 PROJECT]
by Midi Z / Taiwan / 10’
BIENNALE COLLEGE CINEMA VR – OUT OF COMPETITION
FEATHER

by Keisuke Itoh (Animation) / Japan / 12’

Goodbye, Dragon Inn

SPECIAL EVENT  –  Restored version of Tsai Ming-liang’s Bu San (Goodbye, Dragon Inn). Screenings: 3 September at 11 am and 3 pm, Teatro alle Tese-Venice. Live performance by Tsai Ming-liang at 12:30 and 4:30 pm.
BU SAN (GOODBYE, DRAGON INN)
by Tsai Ming- Liang / Taiwan / 82’

LE GIORNATE DEGLI AUTORI  – An independent event on the fringes of the Venice Film Festival.
BOR MI VANH CHARK (THE LONG WALK)
By Mattie Do / Laos / 116′
ARU SENDO NO HANASHI
By Joe Odagiri / Japan / 137′

LA SETTIMANA DEELLA CRITICA – It proposes debut feature films to an audience of cinephiles, film industry professionals and hopefully an increasing number of film goers.
BOMBAY ROSE
By Gitanjali Rao / UK, India, France , Qatar / 93′ / Opening Film

Bor Mi Vanh Chark (The Long Walk)

The full programme of the 76th Venice International Film Festival can be found here.

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On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"