Anyone who paid careful attention to the Toronto International Film Festival's programming announcement earlier this week might get a sense of déjà vu after looking at what Venice has to offer.
The war drama Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba, Tom Hooper's drama The Danish Girl, Atom Egoyan's Remember, the crime thriller Black Mass starring Johnny Depp, Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion film Anomalisa and Thomas McCarthy's sex-scandal drama Spotlight were among the titles revealed for the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, just one day after TIFF unveiled its initial slate. Each of those films will also head to Toronto after Venice's 11-day event on the Italian city's Lido island in September.
The 72nd Venice festival opens Sept. 2 with the world premiere of Baltasar Kormakur's mountain drama Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Robin Wright. It runs to Sept. 12, when a jury led by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron will award the Golden Lion for best film and other prizes.
TIFF runs Sept. 10 to 20, and vies with Venice and the smaller Telluride Film Festival as an awards-season springboard.
Beside the titles that are also headed to Toronto, this year's Venice lineup includes such films as Drake Doremus's futuristic Equals, with Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult; and Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash, with Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Ralph Fiennes.
Competition for the top Golden Lion prize also includes musician Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog; Rabin, The Last Day, Amos Gitai's depiction of the 1995 assassination of Israeli leader Yitzakh Rabin; South African director Oliver Hermanus's crime drama The Endless River; Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski's 11 Minutes, which follows several characters over the titular timeframe; and Argentine director Pablo Trapero's family crime drama The Clan.
There are also new films from Russia's Aleksandr Sokurov (the Paris-set Francofonia) and Italy's Marco Bellocchio (the vampire-themed Blood of My Blood).
Out-of-competition entries – which are not in the running for festival prizes but could be Academy Awards contenders – include Scott Cooper's Black Mass, starring Depp as Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, and McCarthy's Spotlight, which features Michael Keaton as the editor of a Boston Globe team investigating clerical sex abuse.
Martin Scorsese will bring The Audition, a short starring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, while documentaries include Amy Berg's Janis Joplin biopic Janis.