Time.news – ‘Challengers’ Of Luca Guadagninowith Zendaya, Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist is the opening film, Out of Competition, of the 80th Venice International Film Festival Venice Biennale, directed by Alberto Barbera scheduled from 30 August to 9 September.
The film will be presented in world premiere Wednesday August 30th in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema (Lido di Venezia), on the opening night of the Festival. ‘Challengers’ will be released in the US by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures / Amazon Studios and worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
“Luca Guadagnino is among the few Italian directors who has always been used to working with both Italian and foreign actresses and actors – declares director Alberto Barbera – managing every time to obtain the maximum result from each of them. Even when playing away from home, as in the case of ‘Challengers’.
Without limiting his creative energy, ‘Guadagnino’ faces here with thelightness and bravado sports themes such as love, friendship and male rivalry, giving life to an enthralling and exciting show, full of irony, sensuality and pleasantness. Pure cinema“.
The director declares that he is “very excited to present ‘Challengers’ to the Venice Film Festival audience”.
“It’s a modern and powerful story, suffused with theenergy of youth, of love and the power of the self – adds Guadagnino – Zendaya, Josh and Mike are completely original and new in bringing to the screen an aura that has never been seen in their interpretations.
I can’t wait for the Lido audience to dance to the tune of Trent and Atticus’ soundtrack on the opening night of the 80th edition of the exhibition. For me as a filmmaker opening the festival is a dream that comes to fruition, and I am deeply grateful to Alberto and the entire La Biennale di Venezia family for this recognition to Challengers”.
‘Challengers’ stars Zendaya as former tennis prodigy turned Tashi Duncan coach: a force of nature that allows no mistakes, both on and off the pitch.
Married to a star player returning from a losing streak (Mike Faist of ‘West Side Story’), Tashi’s strategy for redemption takes a surprising turn when he faces the now dead Patrick (Josh O ‘Connor from ‘The Crown’), his former best friend and Tashi’s ex-boyfriend.
As their past and present collide and tensions mount, Tashi will have to wonder what’s the price of victory.
‘Challengers’, directed by Luca Guadagnino, is written by Justin Kuritzkes and produced by Amy Pascal, Luca Guadagnino, Zendaya, Rachel O’Connor. The executive producers are Bernard Bellew, Lorenzo Mieli and Kevin Ulrich.
The music is by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. Luca Guadagnino, born in Palermo in 1971with ‘ Bones and All’ in 2022 won the Silver Lion for Best Director.
Previously premiered in Venice: ‘The Protagonists’ (1999), ‘Io sono l’amore’ (2009), ‘Bertolucci on Bertolucci’ (2013), ‘A Bigger Splash’ (2015), ‘Suspiria’ ( 2018), ‘Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams’ (2020).
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