The kick-off of the 79th edition of the Venice International Film Festival they gave it Noah Baumbach and his new film, White noise. Faithful adaptation of the 1985 novel of the same name written by Don DeLillois largely a chronicle of the absurdity of an American family that includes a professor of “advanced Nazism” (Adam Driver) and a woman secretly taking weird pills (Greta Gerwig).
“The film is about life and death – explained the filmmaker during the press conference in Venice – We need to recognize that they exist together rather than seeing them as two different things“. In the second part of the film, however, they burst masks and a huge health hazard. Words that in 2022 can only refer to Covid-19 pandemic that we are mostly still alive. “The language of the book sounded familiar – explained the director – Rereading it during the pandemic, I thought how relevant it was at this moment, in every moment.“.
On the same subject, the star of the film Adam Driver – return to the Lido after The last duel from 2021 and A wedding story (directed by Baumbach himself) in 2019, he added: “While we were shooting we didn’t think about it, we didn’t purposely put scenes on the pandemic, but we can’t ignore the masks etc after what we’ve been through.
White noise in reality it is a satirical vision, a comedy of the absurd that tells the story of American culture and family, defined “the cradle of misinformation“. It is a question of life and death, in three different and complementary acts: “I think the movie is about how we build rituals and strategies to ward off danger, but sometimes death comes our way. We look to others to understand whether or not there is danger and how we should react. The third part is back to his strategies, but now we’ve seen something new and we’re reacting to this new information. This is an opportunity to unite, to get closer“.
The tone of the film leans very much towards irony, the grotesque in certain cases. How much is due to the book and how much are “Baumbach characters?” To answer is the actress Greta Gerwigalso his girlfriend:The book has this great quality of language, it makes you stand up to read it aloud, it has a very performative dimension […] In the book, however, they were more abstract words, when we brought them to the stage with rhythm and dialogue, they ceased to be ideas and became Baumbach’s characters. But they are not separate, they are linked“.
The frame, the 80s, also plays a fundamental role in White noise: “This is the story of American culture – tells the director in Venice – As it often changes genre and tone, I was able to use different languages“. Of Hitchcock to romantic comedies, passing through noir, are all languages that Baumbach knew how to use”thanks to the consistency of DeLillo’s work“.
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