Will there be stars in Venice 2023? This is a question that has been circulating among professionals, and not just for weeks. Because the 80th Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 30 to September 9, will definitely take place when The American actors’ strike is not over yet. Sag-Aftra, an American actor union of more than 160,000 actors, launched a protest on July 13 last year after it failed to reach an agreement with AMPTP, which represents major Hollywood studios.
Actors ask platforms more rights about the films or series they depict and what useartificial intelligence. But negotiations are expected to take a long time, at least until October next year. In the meantime, the stars lay down their hands on new projects and cannot participate in the promotion of already finished works, which means no red carpet, no interview.
So how do you organize the Festival, which has always guaranteed a high percentage of Hollywood celebrities? Recall that last year Timothée Chalamet, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman and Adam Driver went to the Lido. The director of the exhibition is trying to remain optimistic. Announcing the planned films, Alberto Barbera stated: “We have lost Guadagnino, but all invited Americans will come. And a lot of stars too“. The opening film, as we know, was replaced in the course: no more Applicants Luca Guadagnino, with Zendaya and Josh O’Connor, which the producers, given the current situation, have decided to push back to 2024. “It was unthinkable to imagine a promotion without Zendaya on the red carpet,” – an unspoken comment from insiders. Venice 2023 will be opened by an Italian film: Commander Edoardo De Angelis starring Pierfrancesco Favino, first major star confirmed.
There are five other Italian films in the competition, some of which have a high popularity rating, for example, Aeneas From Peter CastellittoWith Blessed Porcaroli, dad Sergio and brother Cesare. And then Finally dawn Saverio Costanzo with Alba Rohrwacher. Here the protagonist is the international Lily James so it doesn’t say what will happen.
The rule should be this: the main characters independent films he should be allowed to participate in promotional activities through some special arrangements. In a message to union members, the negotiating committee said the agreements were “a fundamental part of the strategic approach.” And among the Venetian titles, they should appear as independent works. ferrari Michael Mann, Priscilla From Sofia Coppola, Hitman Richard Linklater, Memory Michelle Franco Finally dawn From Xavier Costanzo, Promised land Nicholas Arsel, DogMan Luc Besson e Caste From Ava DuVernay. Thus, theoretically, the Lido can land: Adam Driver, Penelope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Kaylie Spaeny, Jacob Elordi, Glen Powell, Jessica Chastain, Liam Neeson, Lea Seydoux, Joe Pesci, Lily James, Willem Dafoe.
However, at the moment, none of the actors have confirmed their presence. After all, already at a press conference, Barbera indicated that he would not be there. Emma Stonemain character Poor things Yorgos Lanthimos. Apparently on the Venetian red carpet, we also will not see Bradley Cooper, which could take place in Venice in 2023, despite the strike. The star is, in fact, making his directorial debut. Owner, biopic of Leonard Bernstein, but chose not to participate in order to show solidarity with colleagues. Also expected are Woody Allen and Wes Anderson as directors, and thus immune to protests.
And then, as we said at the beginning, there are Italians. To complete the group, Toni Servillo and Micaela Ramazzotti, who will make her debut in Venice as director Happiness. However, things may change in the coming weeks. Let’s see.