Harry Styles, absolute star of the Venice Film Festival

Singer Harry Styles came to present Don’t Worry Darling at the 2022 Mostra. AFP/Tiziana Fabi

The English pop singer, former member of boy band One Direction, thrilled festival-goers in the City of the Doges during the presentation of the film Don’t Worry Darling, of which he is one of the headliners.

Enjoy and “don’t think about the future”: mega pop star Harry Styles turned heads on Monday September 5 in Venice, for the presentation of one of the Mostra’s event films, Don’t Worry Darlinga dystopian thriller set in 1950s America.

Harry! Harry! Harry!shouted dozens of fans, when the former member of the boy band One Direction, 28, in a dark blue suit enhanced by a shirt with an XXL pie server collar, and his companion, director Olivia Wilde, in canary yellow dress, walked the red carpet.

American actor Chris Pine, American director and actress Olivia Wilde, Sydney Chandler and British singer and actor Harry Styles on September 5, 2022 for the screening of the film Don’t Worry Darling, presented out of competition at the 79th Venice International Film Festival. TIZIANA FABI / AFP

Many teenage girls had been present since the morning so as not to miss their idol, landed in Venice by water taxi, before taking part in the film’s press conference.

Harry Styles, the most listened to singer in the world, was probably the most anticipated star of this Mostra, with Timothée Chalamet, who came to present a film on Friday, and Ana de Armas, on Wednesday from Blonde hairthe long-awaited biopic on Marilyn Monroe.

Presented out of competition, Don’t Worry Darling is a kind of Truman Showbrought up to date and influenced by the cinema of M. Night Shyamalan or black-mirrora nightmarish series about the future and technology.

Florence Pugh (The Daughters of Dr. March, black widow) plays Alice, a young woman well in all respects living in Victory, a small model town built in the middle of the desert by a mysterious businessman, played by Chris Pine. Like all her neighbors, Alice has a life regulated like music paper, and, a priori, everything to be happy alongside Jack (Harry Styles), her companion, who leaves every morning for a job she knows nothing about.

In exchange for this material well-being, Victory has only one rule: its inhabitants must never leave the city limits. A taboo that Alice will soon break, at her own risk…
Everything is a metaphor, the paradox of Victory is that everything beautiful is also sinister“, explained Olivia Wilde, actress of which it is the second realization.

Harry Styles or the ambition of cinema

This entertainmentis like a trojan horsewhich must make the spectators think, added the director, who wanted to address the question of power and its abuse, the relationships of domination of men over women or the consequences of the material comfort of some on the lives of others. ..

His actor and companion Harry Styles is not totally new to the cinema, and had notably held one of the soldier roles in Dunkirk by Christopher Nolan (2017). But the one who will soon have the leading role in My Policeman on Amazon Prime Video, certainly intends to climb a level with this ambitious project presented in Venice. “I don’t want to think too much about the future“, he said, when asked about the possibility of combining music and cinema. “Making music is very personal“, while on the contrary, in the cinema “we pretend to play someone else, and that’s what’s fun“, did he declare.

Florence Pugh, she did not take part in the press conference of the film, the production of which was surrounded by many rumors and controversies: the first male role had notably been attributed to Shia LaBeouf before falling to Harry Styles. The Briton, however, walked the red carpet in the evening, wearing a transparent black dress with sequins and puffed sleeves. “When it comes to endless tabloid gossip and all the noise around us, the internet feeds itself.“, had previously evacuated the director. “I don’t need to contribute“.

Florence Pugh on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival, December 5, 2022. YARA NARDI / REUTERS

Don’t Worry Darlingby Olivia Wilde in 2022, with Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine…


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