To Venice 79 is the big day don’t worry darlingwith the director’s arrival at the Lido Olivia Wilde and the actors Harry StylesAnd Florence Pougwho was however not present at the press conference, no doubt to dodge questions about the many controversies that the film aroused concerning the dismissal of Shia LaBeouf and his situation (Wilde’s declarations were in fact followed by the denial , which contradicts the version by the actress and filmmaker, by LaBeouf himself).
The protagonists of the story, Alice (Pugh)e Jack (Styles), they live in the Victory’s idealized communitythe experimental corporate town that houses the men working on the top-secret Victory project and their families. The optimism of 1950s societychampioned by CEO Frank (Chris Pine) – both business visionary and motivational life coach – characterizes every aspect of daily life in close collaboration desert utopia.
While the husbands spend each day inside the Victory Project headquarters, working on “advanced materials development”, their wives – including Frank’s stylish companion, Shelley (Gemma Chan) – they can spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury and debauchery of their community. Life is perfect, with all the needs of the residents met by the company. All they ask in return is discretion and an unquestioned commitment to Victory’s cause.
But when cracks start to appear in their idyllic life, they show glimpses of something far more sinister lurking beneath the attractive facade, Alice can’t help but wonder exactly what they’re doing to Victory, and why. How much is Alice willing to lose to reveal what is really going on in this paradise?
“I drew a lot of inspiration from American iconography of the 50s and 60s, architecture, art, cinema and music of that period, and tried to capture the atmosphere of the time also with sets and costumes. – began Olivia Wilde at a press conference – That of the film is a world of Vittoria, very seductive, but also metaphorical and paradoxical, where everything is wonderful but also sinister. With my excellent screenwriter Katie Silverman we were very interested in the problematic side of nostalgia and we started writing the film around the time of Make America Great Again“.
“There is surely also the echo of many real events, such as the Manhattan Project, where the wives of scientists working on the atomic bomb agreed not to ask questions, asking questions was a privilege – added the director, to her second work later revenge of the losers (Library) – There are also references to the ideology of fascism, given that we talk about power and the abuse of power. It’s a timeless story about controlling someone’s body by tricking it into ask questions about the role of institutions. Ours is an entertainment film, but also a trojan horse to provoke debateruptures are fundamental for society”.
“We were lucky to have such a well-built world, it was created especially for us and there were a lot of wonderful things, starting with the machines”Harry Styles made his debut, which was picked up by fellow cast members Gemma Chan and Chris Pine explaining how the physical universe ofdon’t worry darling was beautifully designed and well assembled on the set. “It was fun portraying a character that looks like thisperfect in his worldand it was nice to bring this fiction to life because everything was represented in a realistic way, they forged everything beautifully to help us play. Making music for me is a very personal thing, but it’s a lot of fun to be an actor and to be someone else, I think the two can support each other.“Styles added.
Regarding her star Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde confined herself to saying that she was proud of what the actress did for the film and of the fact that, despite the commitments due to work on the set of the sequel Dunes in Budapest, she could have been present at the Venice festival to accompany don’t worry darlingthereby sending the media chatter back to the sender. “As with all endless tabloid gossip, the internet feeds on itself. I don’t feel the need to contribute to it, I think it is sufficiently autonomous. I am happy that Florence can celebrate with us and honored that she is the protagonist. Don’t mind all the gossip, the internet is all about it“.
The director also spoke about the strong female component of the film and the team that worked on it, including the costume designer Arianne Phillipsawarded by Venice with the “Campari Passion for Film” prize: “All of the women who participated in this film were interested in exploring their role in the patriarchal system, I wasn’t interested in oversimplifying to create a feminist parable, but I wanted a reflection on our participation as women. I would like us to be inspired by a heroine like the character of Alice, who is a revolutionary willing to sacrifice everything to do the right thing. This is the superhero I want to see“.
On the subject of social media, Styles also joined other considerations in this regard: “The most important aspect is the definition of family, friends and the people we choose to surround ourselves with, this is what influences our daily lives, more than the media or social networks. There are negatives that everyone can see with social media, but also positive things that happen to you. Community is key. This film is an example of the trust we must have in our feelings“.
About his singing career and the overflowing enthusiasm of the fans, who in those hours stormed the star’s red carpet, Styles finally concluded: “I am extremely grateful to those who replace me and especially to the fans, they give me the opportunity to be myself. I already feel lucky to be doing what I love as a job. I try not to think too much about the future,I enjoy life as it comes, day by day“. The release of don’t worry darlingwhich will be released in theaters by Pictures from Warner Bros.is fixed for the next September 22.
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