21 films chasing top prize at Venice Film Festival
A scene from Parallel Mothers.
It is being chosen from 21 contenders by a jury led by "Parasite" director Bong Joon-ho.
Here are the films in the running:
- Parallel Mothers: Spain -
Two single women prepare to give birth in a maternity ward in Pedro Almodovar's latest film starring Penelope Cruz, which also touches on the trauma of Spain's civil war.
- Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon: US -
Ana Lily Amirpour's fantasy film sees Kate Hudson ditch her rom-com image as a hard-nosed stripper who befriends an escaped patient with supernatural powers in New Orleans.
- Another World: France -
The last of Stephane Brize's trilogy about the world of work, it stars Vincent Lindon as a boss forced to make tough decisions.
- The Power of the Dog: New Zealand/Australia -
Two brothers feud on a Montana ranch after one comes home with a new wife, in Jane Campion's film starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst.
- America Latina: Italy/France -
Italian twins Fabio and Damiano D'Innocenzo wrote and directed this love story thriller starring Elio Germano.
- Happening: France -
A young woman risks prison as she seeks an abortion in 1960s France in Audrey Diwan's drama.
- Official Competition: Spain/Argentina -
Penelope Cruz stars as a film-maker dealing with two difficult leading men, including Antonio Banderas, in the comedy directed by Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn.
- The Hole: Italy/France/Germany -
Michelangelo Frammartino's film is based on the true story of a group of speleologists who in 1961 discovered a deep cave in a remote area of Italy's south.
- Sundown: Mexico/France/Sweden -
Tim Roth stars as a wealthy man seeking to walk away from his life while on vacation in Mexican director Michel Franco's latest.
- Lost Illusions: France -
Xavier Giannoli's film adaptation of the Balzac novel stars Benjamin Voisin, Xavier Dolan and Gerard Depardieu.
- The Lost Daughter: Greece/US/UK/Israel -
US actress Maggie Gyllenhaal's directorial debut is based on an Elena Ferrante novel and stars Olivia Colman as a woman obsessed with another mother and daughter while on holiday.
- Spencer: Germany/UK -
Chilean director Pablo Larrain explores the collapse of the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, with Kristen Stewart in the leading role.
- Freaks Out: Italy/Belgium -
A circus troupe in Rome becomes increasingly desperate with the onset of World War II in Gabriele Mainetti's film.
- The King of Laughter: Italy/Spain -
Toni Servillo stars as Naples' famous turn-of-the-century comedian Eduardo Scarpetta in Mario Martone's biopic.
- On the Job: The Missing 8: Philippines -
Erik Matti's action sequel focuses on prisoners-turned-hitmen and corruption in the media.
- Leave No Traces: Poland/France/Czechoslavakia -
The true story of a witness to the fatal beating of a young activist in Warsaw by the militia under the Communist regime by Polish director Jan P. Matuszynski.
- Captain Volkonogov Escaped: Russia/Estonia/France -
Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov's thriller follows a state interrogator in the former Soviet Union who flees, hoping to repent.
- The Card Counter US/UK/China -
A gambler is haunted by his past as a serviceman in Paul Schrader's revenge thriller starring Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish and Willem Dafoe.
- The Hand of God: Italy -
Paolo Sorrentino's highly personal drama is set in the Naples of his youth when he experienced terrible tragedy alongside the excitement of football legend Diego Maradona coming to his city.
- Reflection: Ukraine -
A Ukrainian surgeon seeks to rebuild his life after witnessing horrifying violence as a Russian prisoner in Valentyn Vasyanovych's drama.
- The Box: Mexico/US -
A Mexico City teen heads north to collect his father's remains but is drawn into the grim world of sweatshops in Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas' film.