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Created: 08/31/2022 Updated: 8/31/2022, 7:21 p.m

Hillary Clinton
Surprise visit: Hillary Clinton at the opening ceremony of the Venice Film Festival. © Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP/dpa

The Venice Film Festival will be officially opened on Wednesday evening with a parade of film stars such as Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore. Previously, there were insights into this year’s program.

Venice – The Venice Film Festival has been heralded with thoughts from Jury President Julianne Moore on the future of cinema and a major Netflix film in focus.

The official opening is on Wednesday evening with the competition entry “White Noise” by Noah Baumbach. Lead actors Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, Catherine Deneuve, Moore and the rest of the jury, as well as the Biennale cinema director Alberto Barbera are expected on the red carpet in front of the Palazzo del Cinema.

Hillary Clinton on the red carpet

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also came to the opening ceremony as a complete surprise. Fans on the edge of the Palazzo del Cinema enthusiastically called their names, and the 74-year-old posed beaming for photos.

By midday, Julienne Moore was already talking about her role as jury president and cinema in general. When asked about her role as chair of the jury, she joked: “First of all, everyone has to dress the same. That’s my rule.” Seriously, says the 61-year-old: She sees the task as a great honor. “The first time I came to Venice, I acted in an American soap opera. That was in 1986. If I had known then that I would be the chair of the jury, I would have fallen into the canal.”

Moore must now view 23 competition films together with the other six jury members before the main prize of the festival, the Golden Lion, is awarded on September 10th. Among them is the opening film “White Noise”.

In the afternoon director Baumbach spoke about his film. The dark comedy tells the story of Jack Gladney (Adam Driver) and his family whose lives are thrown upside down after a chemical accident in their town. The story is based on a novel by Don DeLillo. Both Jack and his wife Babette (Greta Gerwig) are consumed by thoughts of death. After a chemical accident, the two and their children find it difficult to get reliable information.

Three Netflix productions in competition

A story about a sudden natural disaster and the associated misinformation – although the novel was published in 1985, it seems very topical. DeLillo’s story felt familiar, Baumbach said Wednesday. “When I read it again – coincidentally parallel to the outbreak of the pandemic – I couldn’t believe how relevant it was and how much now it felt.”

“White Noise” is one of the Netflix productions in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The streaming provider also runs the biopic “Blonde” about Marilyn Monroe (director: Andrew Dominik), “Bardo” by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and “Athena” by Romain Gavras.

Adam Driver & Noah Baumbach
Adam Driver (l) with director Noah Baumbach in Venice. © Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP/dpa

However, Julianne Moore is not bothered by the fact that streaming providers are becoming increasingly prominent at film festivals. “I feel like the discussion about the future of cinema often ends up being more on the commercial side, it’s very business oriented,” she said.

Julianne Moore
Jury President Julianne Moore in Venice. © Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP/dpa

“The most important thing for me is what is created. What we continue to create.” There will always be other technical ways of transmitting art: “How we live, how the world develops, is constantly changing. But art doesn’t change. She is constant. People will always tell stories, and people will always find new ways to tell stories.” dpa

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