The Venice Film Festival is set to return to Italy next month and the organizers picked the perfect movie to kick off the festivities. Noah Baumbach’s Netflix drama White Noise, starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, will serve as the opening film at this prestigious festival.
White Noise is based on Don DeLillo’s book of the same name, and it centers on a contemporary American family as they deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life. In addition to Driver and Gerwig, the film also stars Don Cheadle, Raffey Cassidy, Sam Nivola, May Nivola, and Jodie Turner-Smith.
Baumbach’s previous directorial effort Marriage Story also had its world premiere in Venice, and the acclaimed director said it’s an honor to open the festival with White Noise.
“It is a truly wonderful thing to return to the Venice Film Festival, and an incredible honor to have White Noise play as the opening night film. 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,” said Baumbach.
Festival chief Alberto Barbera echoed his statement and described White Noise as an “original, ambitious and compelling piece of art”, that “examines our obsessions, doubts, and fear”.
The 79th Venice International Film Festival is set to take place between August 31 and September 10 with Julianne Moore serving as a jury president.