After weeks of speculation, Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 3. Warner Bros. ‘decision to debut the sci-fi adaptation at the glitzy Italian festival is a clear indication that the studio is excited about its award opportunities and is tapping into its own blockbuster playbook.
Warner Bros. has been very lucky at the Venice Film Festival, debuting several films—Gravity, a star is born, other jester“That might have been considered an untraditional Oscar fare, but it turned into a slew of awards after the lively festival launches.” And Villeneuve is a Venetian veteran, having premiered his Amy adams–Science fiction film starring Arrival there in 2016, eventually winning eight Oscar nominations.
In recent years, Venice has become one of the best launching pads for a strong awards season. In 2017, Guillermo del Toro‘s The shape of water it won the festival’s Golden Lion and would eventually win the Oscar for best picture. In 2018, Alfonso Cuaron‘s Rome it won the Golden Lion and continued to be a top Oscar nominee throughout the season (it earned a best picture nomination and Cuarón won for directing). In 2019, Warner Bros. ‘ Jester, To the surprise of many, it won the Golden Lion, immediately throwing the film into the awards conversation, even though it was technically a superhero movie, a genre that hasn’t always been taken seriously when it comes to awards. And in 2020, when Venice was the only major fall festival to even attempt a semblance of a traditional event in person during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chloe zhao‘s Nomadic land won the Golden Lion and won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival.
Dune will not be eligible for the Golden Lion because it will be released out of competition (as it did A star has been born), but a flashy festival debut could easily propel your way to the awards (remember Lady Gaga posing for photos as his boat cascaded down the canal?). With an all-star cast that includes Rebecca Ferguson, Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, other Jason Momoa, If only a few show up to walk the red carpet, it should create some buzz. And, if fueled by solid reviews, he could easily be crowned one of the top contenders.
Warner Bros. could be charting a path to Dune that’s similar to what you did with Jester, which was also screened at the Toronto Film Festival in September ahead of its early October release date. The film earned more than $ 1 billion worldwide and 11 Oscar nominations, with best actor awards for Joaquin phoenix and for the best original score. The study A star has been born it also followed Venice with a stop in Toronto. So based on the Warner Bros. playbook, it seems very possible that a TIFF play could be in Dunefuture.
After delaying the release of the film several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Warner Bros. Dune It will hit theaters on October 1, but with a simultaneous release on HBO Max. Warner’s commitment to the premieres of the day and date drew the ire of many theater owners and filmmakers, including Villeneuve, who wrote in Variety that Warner’s parent company AT&T had “hijacked one of the most important and respectable studios in movie history.” But yes Dune may cause a stir in Venice (and maybe Toronto too), the movie might have a fairytale ending anyway.
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