“White Noise” by Noah Baumbach opening the Venice Film Festival

Noah Baumbach’s dark comedy “White Noise,” with an ensemble cast including Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver and Jodie Turner-Smith should open the next Venice Film Festival.

“White Noise,” which will world premiere in competition in Venice on August 31, marks the first time a Netflix original film has opened the festival.

Don DeLillo’s adaptation of Baumbach follows Jack (played by Driver), a professor who made a name for himself teaching Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Central America. Together with his fourth wife Babette (portrayed by Gerwig) and their children, they try to navigate the usual difficult passages of family life. But their existence is tested and disrupted when a “toxic airborne event” forces them to face the threat of death together.

The additional cast of “White Noise” includes Don Cheadle, Raffey Cassidy, Sam Nivola, May Nivola, André L. Benjamin and Lars Edinger.

Baumbach was the last at the Lido with “Marriage Story,also a Netflix Original, which played at the festival in 2019.

‘White Noise’ is set to lead a strong pack of Netflix titles launching from the Lido, including Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe drama ‘Blonde’, starring Bond girl Ana de Armas (‘No Time to Die’) as that Hollywood icon.

Other Netflix films very likely to be linked to the Lido include Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths”, which details the story of a Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker going through a crisis. existential; and the modern tragedy “Athena” by Romain Gavras, co-written by French director “Le monde est à toi” with “Les Misérables” filmmaker Ladj Ly.

Venice over the past few editions has become a favored launch pad for Netflix’s Oscar contenders given that the Cannes Film Festival requires competing titles to receive a French theatrical release followed by a 15-month wait before launching the film on a streaming service.

“It is a great honor to open the 79th Venice Film Festival with ‘White Noise’,” Venice director Alberto Barbera said in a statement.

Barbera, who usually announces the opening of Venice earlier, added that “it was worth waiting for the certainty that the film was finished to have the pleasure of making this announcement”.

Barbera hailed Baumbach’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s eponymous 1985 novel as “an original, ambitious, and compelling work of art that plays with measure on multiple registers: dramatic, ironic, satirical.”

“The result is a film that examines our obsessions, doubts and fears as captured in the 1980s, but with very clear references to contemporary reality,” Barbera added.

Baumbach said, “It really is a wonderful thing to be back at the Venice Film Festival, and an incredible honor to have ‘White Noise’ as our opening night film.”

He continued, “It’s a place that loves cinema so much, and it’s a thrill and a privilege to join the incredible films and filmmakers that have premiered here.”

“White Noise” was adapted for the screen and directed by Baumbach, who produced alongside David Heyman and Uri Singer.

As previously revealed by Variety, American studios and streamers should arrive at the festival in force. Warner Bros. will launch scorching psychological thriller “Don’t Worry Darling”, which is The second directing effort from Olivia Wilde and star Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.

Focus Features will be at the Lido with “T” by Todd Fieldár,” which pairs the “In the Bedroom” director with Cate Blanchett as the fictional Lydia Tár, one of the world’s greatest conductors and the first female conductor of a major German orchestra. Blanchett is a Venice regular who chaired the festival’s main jury in 2020.

Amazon-owned MGM will be in Venice starring Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Bones and All’ Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell as cannibal lovers on a road trip across America in the 1980s.

Among the new titles now supposed to be locked away in a Lido bunk is Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees Of Inisherin,” the Irish director’s sequel to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” This Searchlight Pictures film focuses on the dynamics of longtime friends on a remote Irish island and reunites McDonagh with his “In Bruges” stars Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell.

Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale,” an adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s play about a morbidly obese recluse, played by Brendan Fraser, now also appears to have secured a spot at the Lido.

The 75th edition of Venice will take place from August 31 to September 10. The lineup will be announced on July 26.

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