5 Films That Stole the Show at the 2023 Venice Film Festival

Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan in
Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan in "Maestro"

This year’s Venice Film Festival was one to remember and it offered the first glimpse at some of the fall’s most anticipated new films. We’re bringing you five critically acclaimed projects that knocked the cinephiles off their feet after having their world premiere in Venice.

Poor Things

Poor Things was honored with the Golden Lion in Venice, while also earning rave reviews from the critics. It follows a young Victorian woman (Emma Stone) who embarks on a journey of self-discovery after being brought back to life by an eccentric scientist.


Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla chronicles Priscilla Presley’s rollercoaster relationship with Elvis Presley from her point of view, and its leading lady Cailee Spaeny won the Volpi Cup for her breakout performance.


Biopics about a complicated relationship between famous pop culture icons were all the rage in Venice. Bradley Cooper’s Maestro offers a closer look at the life of the West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein.


Ava DuVernay’s latest film chronicles the life and times of writer Isabel Wilkerson and the journey she embarked on while writing her seminal work Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents.

The Killer

Gripping thrillers about brutal killers have always been David Fincher’s forte, and this one stars Michael Fassbender as a professional assassin, embarking on an international manhunt while having a full-on mental breakdown.