Noah Baumbach’s ‘White Noise’ to open Venice Film Festival


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Noah Baumbach’s black comedy “White Noise” with an ensemble cast consisting of Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver and Jodie Turner-Smith will open the upcoming Venice Film Festival.

White Noise, which will have its world premiere at the competition in Venice on August 31, opens the festival for the first time with a Netflix original film.

Don DeLillo Baumbach’s adaptation follows Jack (played by Driver), a professor who made his name teaching Hitler at a liberal arts college in Middle America. Together with his fourth wife, Babette (played by Gerwig) and their children, they try to navigate the usual rocky paths of family life. But their existence is tested and disrupted when “air poisoning” forces them to confront the threat of death together.

Additional White Noise line-up includes Don Cheadle, Raffi Cassidy, Sam Nivola, May Nivola, Andre L. Benjamin and Lars Edinger.

Baumbach was the last at the Lido with Marriage Story,also a Netflix original that played at the festival in 2019.

White Noise is expected to headline a series of Netflix films launching on Lido, including Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe drama Blonde, which stars Bond girl Ana de Armas (No Time To Die) as a Hollywood icon .

Other Netflix films most likely to be associated with the Lido include Alejandro J. Iñárritu’s Bardo, a False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths, which details the story of a Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker going through an existential crisis; Athena, a modern tragedy by Romain Gavre, written by the French director The World Belongs to You, in collaboration with Les Misérables director Laj Ly.

Venice has become the favored launching pad for Netflix’s Oscar contenders in recent releases, given that the Cannes Film Festival requires competitive titles to be released in a French cinema, followed by a 15-month wait before the film is released on the streaming service.

“I am honored to open the 79th Venice Film Festival with White Noise,” Venetian director Alberto Barbera said in a statement.

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

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

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

Baumbach said: “It’s really a wonderful thing to be back at the Venice Film Festival and it’s an incredible honor to have White Noise as a film at the premiere.”

He continued, “It’s a place that loves movies so much and it’s an excitement and a privilege to join the great films and directors that have premiered here.”

White Noise was adapted for the screen and directed by Baumbach, who co-produced it with David Heyman and Uri Singer.

As previously revealed Diversity, American studios and streamers are going to land at the festival in full force. Warner Bros. will launch Steamy psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling. The second directorial work of Olivia Wilde.pitches Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.

Focus Features will be on Lido with “T” Todd Fieldár”, which brings together the director of “In the Bedroom” with Cate Blanchett as fictional Lydia Tar, one of the world’s greatest conductors and the first female conductor of a major German orchestra. Blanchett is a frequenter of Venice, chairman of the main jury of the festival in 2020.

Amazon-owned MGM is coming to Venice starring Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All. Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell as cannibal lovers on a 1980s trip to America.

Among the new titles now thought to be locked in the Lido’s docks is Martin McDonagh’s Banshee of Inisherin, the Irish director’s sequel to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This Searchlight Pictures film follows the lives of friends on a remote Irish island and reunites McDonagh with 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 hermit played by Brendan Fraser, now appears to have a place at the Lido as well.

The 75th Venice Film Festival will take place from 31 August to 10 September. The list of participants will be announced on July 26.

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