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Venice Film Festival unveils A-list lineup with ‘Priscilla,’ ‘Ferrari,’ ‘Maestro’ amid strikes

Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein drama “Maestro,” Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla Presley film, Michael Mann’s “Ferrari,” David Fincher’s “The Killer” and Ava DuVernay’s “Origin” will make their world debuts on the Venice International Film Festival this fall.

Organizers introduced the lineup Tuesday for the eightieth version of the pageant, which — regardless of the flashy names behind the movies — may have rather less Hollywood glamour than typical gracing its picturesque docks and purple carpet come September if the Hollywood actors and writers strikes stretch on. As a part of the strike, actors can’t promote tasks from the studios and streamers with whom the union is negotiating.

The prestigious movie pageant already misplaced one high-profile premiere to the labor disputes within the U.S. in Luca Guadagnino’s tennis drama “Challengers, ” starring Zendaya, which had been set to play within the opening night time slot however has now been pushed to 2024. But Alberto Barbera, the director of the Venice Film Festival, stated Tuesday that the strikes’ results on the pageant lineup had in any other case been minimal.

“Priscilla,” an A24 movie primarily based on Priscilla Presley’s memoir “Elvis and Me,” stars Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi and was extensively anticipated to be within the pageant. Coppola additionally launched “Somewhere” in Venice in 2010. “Priscilla” will probably be competing for the Golden Lion alongside “Ferrari,” the buzzy racing drama starring Adam Driver as Enzo Ferrari, and Penélope Cruz as his spouse Laura, primarily based on Brock Yates’ biography.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ extremely anticipated “Poor Things,” with Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo, may also have its bow on the Lido. Lanthimos beforehand launched “The Favourite” at Venice in 2018; it will go on to attain 10 Oscar nominations and win one.

DuVernay’s movie, “Origin,” in the meantime, relies on the e book “Caste” and the lifetime of its writer, Pulitzer winner Isabel Wilkerson. The film stars Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor.

Netflix will as soon as once more have a giant presence on the pageant with “Maestro,” directed by and starring Cooper because the legendary composer, reverse Carey Mulligan as Felicia Montealegre, and Fincher’s “The Killer,” with Michael Fassbender enjoying an murderer. The streamer can be bringing Pablo Larraín’s “El Conde,” a darkish comedy by which Augusto Pinochet is a vampire, as a part of the competitors titles.

Another high-profile competitors title is Michel Franco’s “Memory,” with Jessica Chastain and Peter Skarsgaard, as is “Drive My Car” director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s “Evil Does Not Exist.”

Venice has by no means been a pageant to draw back from controversial administrators and has programmed new movies from each Roman Polanski and Woody Allen.

Polanski is again for the primary time since 2019 with “The Palace,” a few New Year’s Eve in 1999 in a Swiss resort, with John Cleese and Mickey Rourke. Allen is debuting his first French film, “Coup de Chance.” Luc Besson, who was not too long ago cleared of expenses in a rape case, may also be on the Lido with “Dogman,” starring Caleb Landry Jones.

The jury presiding over the principle competitors this yr is filled with high-profile administrators, together with Damien Chazelle, Jane Campion, Martin McDonagh and final yr’s Golden Lion winner Laura Poitras.

In addition to the Polanski and Allen movies, additionally enjoying out of competitors are Wes Anderson’s Roald Dahl-inspired “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” with Benedict Cumberbatch, Dev Patel and Ralph Fiennes; Harmony Korine’s “Aggro Dr1ft”; Richard Linklater’s “Hit Man”; Frederick Wiseman’s “Menus Plaisirs – Les Troisgros”; and William Friedkin’s “The Caine Mutiny Court-Marshall.”

Venice is a high launching floor for awards hopefuls and has, in recent times, debuted Oscar-nominated movies like “The Whale,” “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “Tár,” “The Power of the Dog,” “A Star is Born” and “La La Land.” It’s additionally the primary main cease of the busy fall movie pageant season, with Toronto, Telluride and the New York Film Festivals shut behind.

Like the Cannes Film Festival, movie star is a large a part of the Venice iconography: Think of Lady Gaga perched on the facet of a water taxi in her black Jonathan Simkhai bustier gown, or Timothée Chalamet vamping in that backless purple halter high by Haider Ackermann. Last yr there have been additionally viral moments aplenty due to the forged of “Don’t Worry Darling” and the alleged “spit-gate,” by which web spectators puzzled if Harry Styles had spit on his co-star Chris Pine on the movie’s premiere.

It stays unclear whether or not any Hollywood expertise will have the ability to make the journey this yr. Barbera stated at this level that some actors and actresses won’t be able to attend however, with out getting particular, stated that expertise from unbiased fare will have the ability to grace the purple carpets and press conferences.

The Venice Film Festival runs from Aug. 30 by way of Sept. 9.

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