The Venice International Film Festival has selected Noah Baumbach’s Netflix film, “White Noise” as the opener for its 2022 edition. It will mark Baumbach’s return three years after his “Marriage Story” premiered in Venice, garnered six Oscar nominations and one win.
White Noise stars Marriage Story lead Adam Driver as a professor in the mid-West going through a very dramatic year. Based on the acclaimed 1985 Don DeLillo novel —the first time Baumbach hasn’t worked from his own original idea — the film co-star Greta Gerwig, Andre Benjamin, Alessandro Nivola, Jodie Turner-Smith and Don Cheadle.
“It is a great honor to open the 79. Venice Film Festival with “White Noise,” said Venice Film Festival artistic director Alberto Barbera. “Adapted from the great Don DeLillo novel, Baumbach has made an original, ambitious and compelling piece of art which plays with measure on multiple registers: dramatic, ironic, satirical. The result is a film that examines our obsessions, doubts, and fears as captured in the 1980’s, yet with very clear references to contemporary reality.”
Baumbach also said, “incredible honor” to open this year’s Venice festival. “This is a place that loves cinema so much, and it’s a thrill and a privilege to join the amazing films and filmmakers that have premiered here.”
Venice will announce its full competition line-up on Tuesday, July 26. Several other Netflix films are in contention this year, including Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Mexican epic, “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths” and “Blonde,” a fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe, from New Zealand director Andrew Dominik, starring Ana de Armas as Monroe.
The 79th edition of the Italian fest is set to run Aug. 31-Sept. 10