Left: Florence Pugh in ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Right: Ana de Armas in ‘Blonde’

Some of the most highly anticipated films of the year have been included in the lineup at the 2022 Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. While Venice is set to take place from August 31 to September 10, the robust roster of award-worthy films will see our favorite A-list movie stars hit the red carpet in promotion for their projects. At the tail end of Venice, the Toronto Festival will pick up on September 8 to September 18, showcasing even more movies, vying to take home a coveted golden statue.

With Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine and Gemma Chan likely making an appearance in Venice for their psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling, Julia Roberts and George Clooney’s rom-com Ticket to Paradise is in the running for an Italian premiere, along with Timothée Chalamet and Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All. Directing power-couple Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig will likely support their film White Noise alongside stars Adam Driver, André 3000, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Don Cheadle, leading the way for four Netflix original films, including Ana de Armas’ Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths, and Romain Gavras’ Athena. 

Continuing their stronghold, Netflix has its fair share of frontrunners at TIFF as well, with Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain’s The Good Nurse, and the star-studded Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery leading the pack. Jennifer Lawrence will make her return to the big screen since Don’t Look Up with Apple TV+’s Causeway, showing in Toronto, as well as Viola Davis’ historic, feminist war epic The Woman King. If you thought that was all we had for Styles, think again. While Don’t, Worry Darling will be appearing in Venice, My Policeman will make its rounds in Toronto.

Following the recent Cannes Film Festival, the 2022 Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival will see an onslaught of Oscar hopefuls take to the red carpets.

Here, GRAZIA USA holds a microscope up to the biggest features to be included in the cinematic lineup for the annual festivals.

Venice Film Festival Standouts:

Don’t Worry Darling

Directed by Olivia Wilde, the much-awaited psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling stars Harry Styles and Academy Award-nominated actress Florence Pugh as a young, married couple in the 1950s. When Alice (Pugh) begins to unravel, she reveals some disturbing truths about a collective known as the Victory Project. Set to release September 23, Wilde, Chris Pine, and Gemma Chan round out the star-studded cast.

White Noise

Written and directed by Marriage Story auteur Noah Baumbach, White Noise is a dramatic Netflix release based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Don DeLillo (the first in Baumbach’s body of work that isn’t based on an original story). Starring his wife, Little Women and Barbie director Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver, André 3000, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Don Cheadle, the film tells the story of an American family’s attempts to cope with mundane, day-to-day conflicts while trying to understand love, death, and the pursuit of happiness in uncertain times. It will be ready to stream on August 31.

Blonde

Set for a September 23 release, Andrew Dominik’s forthcoming Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde is based on Joyce Carol Oates’s bestselling novel of the same name. Starring Cuban-born actress Ana de Armas, Bobby Cannavale and Adrien Brody play Monroe’s ex-husbands baseball player Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller respectively, while Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams round out the cast. Known for its rare rating of NC-17, the fictionalized film “boldly reimagines the life of Marilyn Monroe, exploring the split between her public and private selves,” according Netflix’s official synopsis. Blonde is set to land on the streamer on September 23.

Bones & All

Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell in Bones and All (2022) (Yannis Drakoulidis / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)

Directed by Call Me By Your Name auteur Luca Guadagnino, the romantic drama Bones & All is based on the novel by Camille DeAngelis. Telling the tale of a disenfranchised young couple (portrayed by Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell) who embark on a thousand-mile long journey, the pair develop a taste for human flesh along the way. Announced shortly after their former colleague Armie Hammer’s disturbing requests via Instagram DM, the film’s cannibalistic themes are sure to strike a nerve, as well as light up award’s season. Set to hit theaters on November 23, and and exclusive Amazon Prime Video streaming release will shortly follow.  

Toronto Film Festival Standouts:

Causeway

Jennifer Lawrence in Causeway

Directed by Lila Neugebauer, A24 film Causeway follows a US soldier (portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence) who suffers from a traumatic brain injury while fighting in Afghanistan. Once she returns home, she must fight yet again just to readjust to every-day-life. With a special presentation at the Toronto Film Festival, Causeway will host a U.S. premiere, and it will land on Apple TV+ this September.

The Woman King

For opening night of TIFF, The Woman King traces back the history of the Dahomey Kingdom as one of the most powerful African states in the 18th and 19th centuries. Protected by an all-female army of warriors called the Agojie, the story follows General Nanisca (portrayed by Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis) as she readies her unit for battle against the Europeans attempting to overthrow their way of life. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Woman King is set for a September 16 release.

My Policeman

Starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin, the Amazon Prime Studios project My Policeman is based off the 2012 romantic novel of the same name by Bethan Roberts. Directed by Michael Grandage, the film is set in 1950’s Brighton and sees Styles as the titular role of a closeted police officer Tom Burgess. Beginning a serious relationship with schoolteacher Marion Taylor (Corrin), Burgess is caught between the life he’s expected to lead and the life he wants with museum curator Patrick Hazlewood (David Dawson), stirring a tortured love triangle between the three parties. Hitting theaters in the U.S. and the U.K. on October 21, My Policeman will be available to stream internationally on Amazon Prime starting November 4.

The Good Nurse 

The Good Nurse (2022). Jessica Chastain as Amy Loughren. Cr. JoJo Whilden / Netflix

Based on a true story, Netflix’s new crime drama The Good Nurse chronicles the tale of serial killer and nurse Charles Cullen, portrayed by Eddie Redmayne. Killing patients by secretly administering lethal drugs in fatal doses, Cullen was ultimately discovered by fellow nurse Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain), leading to his arrest and subsequent sentencing to life in prison. Based on Charles Graeber’s 2013 book The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder, the Tobias Lindholm directed project is set to release on the streamer this September.

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