Noah Baumbach’s “White Noise” opens the Venice Film Festival

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 one Venice Film Festival.

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

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

Other “White Noise” cast members are Don Cheadle, Raffey Cassidy, Sam Nivola, May Nivola, André L. Benjamin and Lars Edinger.

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

White Noise is expected to lead a slew 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 the Hollywood icon .

Other Netflix films most likely to involve Lido include Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths,” which tells the story of a Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker going through an existential crisis; and the modern tragedy Athena by Romain Gavras, co-written by the French director The World is Yours with Les Miserables filmmaker Ladj Ly.

Venice has become a privileged launching pad for Netflix’s Oscar hopes in recent editions in light of the Cannes Film Festival requires competitive titles to receive a French theatrical release followed by a 15-month waiting period before the film is released 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 Venice opener earlier, added: “It was worth waiting for the certainty that the film was done to be able to make this announcement.”

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

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

Baumbach said, “It’s a truly wonderful thing to be returning to the Venice Film Festival and an incredible honor to have ‘White Noise’ play as the opening film.”

He continued, “This is a place that loves cinema so much and it is a thrill and a privilege to join the amazing 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 Diversity, US studios and streamers will be hitting the fest in full force. Warner Bros. starts steaming Psychological thriller “Don’t Worry Darling”, which is Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort and sTars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.

Focus Features will be included on the Lido Todd Fields “Tár” which brings together the “In the Bedroom” director with Cate Blanchett as the fictional Lydia Tár, one of the greatest conductors in the world and the first female conductor of a major German orchestra. Blanchett is a regular in Venice and in 2020 he chaired the festival’s main jury.

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.

New titles now locked in a Lido berth include Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees Of Inisherin, the Irish director’s follow-up to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Focusing on the dynamic of lifelong friends on a remote Irish island, this Searchlight Pictures film reunites McDonagh with fellow ‘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, also appears to have now secured a berth at the Lido.

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

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