International Venice Film Festival: Julia von Heinz races for the Golden Lion

The competition films for the Venice Film Festival have been announced. Among the 18 entries is a work by the German director Julia von Heinz.

The 77th Venice Film Festival defies the Corona crisis. On Tuesday (July 28), festival director Alberto Barbera (70) announced the competition program for this year in a virtual press conference. In 2020, 18 films will compete for the Golden Lion in the main competition, including the contribution "And tomorrow the whole world" by German director Julia von Heinz (44, "I'll be gone").

The film is about the fight of a law student against the right-wing scene, who joins an Antifa group and ultimately has to make a decision. Julia von Heinz wrote the screenplay with John Quester (1970). The cast includes Mala Emde, Noah Saavedra, Luisa-Celine Gaffron, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Michael Wittenborn and Andreas Lust. On October 29, 2020, "And tomorrow the whole world" will be released in German cinemas.

No flood of blockbusters

Festival director Alberto Barbera said that more works could be added. In 2019, the Golden Lion went to "Joker" (2019) by director Todd Phillips (49), in which Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix (45) shone. There is no flood of big names and blockbusters in the competition this year, which is probably due to the corona pandemic.

Oscar nominee Frances McDormand (63, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri") is represented in Venice with "Nomadland" from the USA by the Chinese director Chloé Zhao (38). Oscar-winner Casey Affleck (44, "Manchester by the Sea") and "The Crown" star Vanessa Kirby (32) can be seen in "The World to Come" from the USA by the Norwegian filmmaker Mona Fastvold (34). The other competition films come from France, Poland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan and Russia, among others.

Also a German on the jury

The 77th Venice Film Festival will take place from September 2 to 12, 2020. The Australian Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (51, "Blue Jasmine") chairs the jury. Among the six jury members are the German director Christian Petzold (59, "Undine") as well as the Austrian screenwriter and film director Veronika Franz (55).