Mexico City (El Universal). — Jessica Chastain, Oscar winner for “The Eyes of Tammy Fey” and Peter Sarsgaard, one of the lead actors of “The Batman,” will look for their latest film to win the Venice Film Golden Lion. Festival, from the hand of a Mexican.
Both star in “Memory,” directed by Michele Franco, who won the Italian city’s competition in 2020 with “New Order” and which claims prizes at Cannes, one of the world’s most important film events.
Shot in the United States, the film tells the story of a social worker who protects her simple and structured life, until a man stalks her after an alumni reunion.
This reunion would have a profound effect on his life.
“Jessica had seen ‘New Order,’ and we wanted to do a movie together. Like all my films, it’s original, it’s not based on anything, it’s mostly a Mexican film,” Franco said.
“I don’t mix what happened in Venice three years ago and I’m always curious how people will react to it. It always makes me nervous,” he said.
In the official section of Venice there are, among others, “Dogman” written by Luc Besson; “Master” by Bradley Cooper; “Priscilla” by Sofia Coppola, “El Conde” by Pablo Larrain and “The Killer” by David Fincher.
It will also be the third time in four years that the directors of “Despues de Lucia” and “Chronic” compete in a European city.
In 2020 he did so with the dystopian “New Order”, which won two awards (Grand Jury Prize and Leoncino d’Oro Aegiscuola), and in 2021 with “Sundown” starring Tim Roth.
Michele Franco feels that the actors’ strike in Hollywood will not stop her actors from attending the festival.
“This strike is against studios, against ‘streaming’, I have an independent film, I am always in favor of taking films to theatres. I think it will be possible for him (the actor on the carpet),” concluded the director.