Tree of Life helmer Terrence Malick is to premiere his long-awaited documentary Voyage of Time at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.
The doc will screen in the ‘Venezia 73′ international competition at the Italian fest, which runs from August 31 to September 10.
IMAX – one of the doc’s backers – revealed in May that the film will be released on October 7, stirring speculation around either a Venice or Toronto premiere. Voyage of Time has been in development for more than 30 years, and examines the birth and death of the universe and existence of life on Earth.
The film is slated to launch with two versions released simultaneously. A 90-minute version of the film, narrated by Knight of Cups actor Cate Blanchett, will screen at Venice, while Tree of Life actor Brad Pitt narrates the 40-minute Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience.
A second documentary playing in competition and enjoying its world premiere is Spira Mirabilis from directing duo Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti. The pair has directed a number of films together, with doc credits including The Never Ending Factory of the Duomo (2015) and Materia oscura (2013).
Docs screening out of competition include Finding Vivian Maier helmer Charlie Siskel‘s latest American Anarchist; Maidan director Sergei Loznitsa‘s Austerlitz; Bruno Chiaravalloti, Claudio Jampaglia and Benedetta Argentieri‘s Our War; Kasper Collin‘s I Called Him Morgan; Francesco Munzi’s Assalto Al Cielo; and Ulrich Seidl’s Safari.
Elsewhere, a ‘Special Program’ presents a trio of documentaries: Ambrogio Crespi’s Spes Contra Spem – Liberi Dentro, Thomas Koolhaas’s Rem and Lorenzo Vigas’ El Vendedor De Orquídeas.
Finally, the ‘Venice Days’ sidebar features Mauro Caputo’s Il Profumo Del Tempo Delle Favole and Thierry Demaiziere and Alban Teurlai’s Rocco, both billed as special events.
The Venice Film Festival overlaps with the Toronto International Film Festival by two days, with the latter Canadian fest running from September 8 to 18.