Shia LaBeouf’s Latest Performance, A Twist As An Italian Monk In Abel Ferrara’s Father Piomakes its world premiere in Venice as part of the Venice Days lineup, the independently run sidebar of the Venice International Film Festival.
LaBeouf, who co-starred in the Venice Festival 2020 competition title Pieces of a womantook a much-discussed break from acting two years ago after his ex-girlfriend, Tahliah Debrett Barnett, charged him with assault, sexual assault and emotional distress.
Father Pio sees LaBeouf play a real-life Italian monk who became a superstar among the Catholic faithful, who believe he bore the sacred stigmata, the wounds of Christ’s crucifixion. Padre Pio, who died in 1968, was canonized in 1999 by Pope John Paul II.
It is not yet clear whether LaBeouf will come to Venice to promote the film.
The Venice Days 2022 program opens with Dirty, difficult, dangerous by Lebanese director Wissam Charaf, the story of a Syrian refugee and an Ethiopian migrant worker who find love in Beirut. The listener, from actor-director Steve Buscemi, closes the section. The Drama Stars Thor: Love and Thunder actor Tessa Thompson volunteers at the helpline.
Rosy McEwen (the alienist) stars as gay PE teacher forced to lead a double life in the homophobic world of Margaret Thatcher’s 1980s Britain Blue pants from first-time director Georgia Oakley, another Venice Days title. Further highlights include: March on Rome from acclaimed Northern Irish documentary filmmaker Mark Cousins (women make movies: A new road movie through the cinema) which uses films, photographs, and other original documents to examine the rise of fascism in pre-WW2 Italy, and stonewallingthe last film in the ‘feminist trilogy’ by Chinese directors Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka that started with the Rotterdam festival winner 2012 Egg and stone and continued with 2017 The foolish bird.
The 2022 Venice Days will also feature a selection of short films commissioned by Prada and screened under the title Miu Miu Women’s Tales. They include new work by American director Janicza Bravo (Zola) and Spanish filmmaker Carla Simón, whose Alcarras won the Golden Bear in Berlin this year.
French author Celine Sciamma (little mommy, Portrait of a burning lady) will oversee the jury of 27 young film fans from 27 European countries who will vote on the winners of the Venice Days 2022.
The 18th Days of Venice runs from August 31 to September 10 along with the Venice Film Festival.