Italian cinema takes off with Bones and All by Luca Guadagnino, starring Timothée Chalamet in what is an adaptation of a novel by Camille DeAngelis. Marginalization is also a theme in Romain Gavras’ Athena, set in the Parisian banlieue. American documentarist Frederick Wiseman participates with a historical fictional story, Un couple, inspired by the correspondence between Leo Tolstoy and his wife, Sophia. In the ‘Italian’ cohort is Abel Ferrara’s Padre Pio, screened at Venice Days, starring Shia LaBeouf. The Orizzonti section speaks the language of women with Isabelle Huppert appearing in The Sitting Duck and with The Happiest Man in the World by Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitrevska, a story of love and war set in the Sarajevo of the late twentieth century. Out of competition, Steve James’ documentary A Compassionate Spy, on the story of American physicist turned Soviet spy Theodore Hall.