Premiering at Venice Film Festival 2013 – ones to watch

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Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan)
Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan)

Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan)

At just 24-years-old, Dolan has already established himself as an important voice in cinema. In Heartbeats (2010) and Laurence Anyways (2012) he explored sex and love, but here he takes a new direction with this psychological thriller set in the farmlands of Quebec.

Tracks (John Curran)
Tracks (John Curran)

Tracks (John Curran)

Mia Wasikowska plays a young woman who goes on a 1,700 mile trek across Western Australia with her four camels and dog. Also starring Adam Driver, who we've come to love from his roles in Frances Ha and Girls.

Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)

Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)

This big-budget 3D movie could take us closer to the experience of the astronaut than we've ever been before, with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as survivors of a space ship-wreck, clinging on for dear life. Comparisons will inevitably be drawn with 2001, Moon and the like, but perhaps this is the most 'believable' space film we've seen so far.

The Zero Theorem (Terry Gilliam)
The Zero Theorem (Terry Gilliam)

The Zero Theorem (Terry Gilliam)

The ex-Python continues to write/direct surreal and interesting projects. His back catalogue contains Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys and The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. His latest stars Matt Damon as 'the management' who is trying to distract a computer hacker from discovering the reason for human existence. Also stars Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton and Ben Whishaw.

Child of God (James Franco)
Child of God (James Franco)

Child of God (James Franco)

Another project from the multi-talented James Franco, about a violent man who moves to the mountains in Tennessee to live in a cave. James Franco plays the cave-dwelling loner, constantly at odds with authority. Next year we will see the release of 'Interior. Leather Bar' and 'As I Lay Dying', both directed/co-written by Franco.

Palo Alto (Gia Coppola)
Palo Alto (Gia Coppola)

Palo Alto (Gia Coppola)

Gia Coppola follows in the footsteps of her aunt, Sofia, and her grandfather Francis Ford, by debuting her first feature at Venice. Palo Alto was written by Coppola (although partly also written by James Franco) and is described as 'a dark drama' about a group of troublesome teens. We're expecting hints of The Bling Ring.

Philomena (Stephen Frears)
Philomena (Stephen Frears)

Philomena (Stephen Frears)

Stephen Frears, whom many will know for Oscar-nominated 'The Queen', directs this drama about a woman searching for her adult son who was taken away from her when she lived in a convent. Judi Dench plays the woman and Steve Coogan plays her son.

Locke (Stephen Knight)
Locke (Stephen Knight)

Locke (Stephen Knight)

Stephen Knight, writer of Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, presents his second directorial effort (after Hummingbird which came out recently) with Locke, a study of a man in 90 minutes (real-time) as he races around London after receiving a mysterious phone call. The film also stars Olivia Colman, Tom Holland and Ruth Wilson.

Flossie Topping is the former Editor-in-Chief of Critics Associated (2013-2015).