Noah Baumbach’s “White Noise” is reportedly set to open the 79th Venice Film Festival — the first-ever time in history that a Netflix original film has opened the critically acclaimed Variety. It will reportedly premiere on August 31.
“It is a great honor to open the 79th Venice Film Festival with ‘White Noise,'” boasted Venice Artistic Director Alberto Barbera in a statement. He called “White Noise” a great narration of Don DeLillo’s 1985 classic, calling it “an original, ambitious, and captivating work of art that plays on multiple registers with measure: dramatic, wry, satirical,” per Variety. “The result is a film that explores our obsessions, doubts and fears as they were captured in the 1980s, but with very clear references to contemporary reality,” concluded Barbera.
It ultimately took a long time for DeLillo’s enigmatic tale of family life in the Jack Gladney household to appear. Film rights for “White Noise” have been floating around Hollywood for years, with “Hamlet” filmmaker Michael Almereyda set to direct in 2016 and Uri Singer’s BB Film Productions to produce, Variety reports.
“I think the book combines a sense of humor with a sense of menace,” Singer said in a statement at the time. “The book has great dialogue and contains many cinematic episodes. It exudes an appreciation of American life, but also elements of satire. There’s a central love story between a man and a woman, but with an awareness of the secrets and fears they hide from another.”