Hoped for in Cannes, Dune will be presented in preview at the Venice Film Festival

Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s cult novel will take Lido spectators to the stars, before its French theatrical release on September 15.

After many detours, the planet Arrakis is finally approaching the terrestrial spectators: the space fresco of Denis Villeneuve will take off in preview at the Mostra of Venice, announced Thursday the organizers of the Italian festival. Scheduled for September 15 in French theaters, Dune will therefore be presented out of competition before that, on September 3, at the 78e edition of the European cinematographic event. Too bad for Cannes festival-goers who hoped to discover this long-awaited project in July.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049), the film stars Timothée Chalamet in the title role, alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, or Zendaya. Initially expected on a firm footing for December 2020, the release of this end-of-year blockbuster worn by the Warner Bros. team. had been postponed in extremis, last October, in full development of the second wave of Covid-19. In the United States, where Dune is now expected for the 1er October, the film will enjoy a simultaneous theatrical and online release on the HBO Max platform. A choice that made Denis Villeneuve jump: “Warner Bros. May Have Just Killed The Dune Franchise”, he had declared in December, in a bitter column published at Variety. “With my team we have devoted more than three years of our lives to make it a unique experience to live on the big screen. The image and sound of the film have been meticulously designed to be experienced in theaters ”. Despite the director’s harsh words, the American studio – which seeks in particular to compete with Netflix and Disney on digital – has not changed course on this double American release of the film since.

Adaptation of the eponymous science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert, Dune tells, in the far future, the initiatory story of the noble Paul Atreides on the planet Arrakis. Also known as Dune, the planet is the only known place where we find the Spice, a coveted resource with mystical virtues, between elixir of youth and violent psychotropic. The planet, however, is also a notoriously dangerous place, home to the formidable Worms of the Sands, colossal in size. A time envisioned by Alejandro Jodorowsky, the high-risk adaptation of this cult novel that appeared in 1965 was undertaken by David Lynch. Half kitsch, half epic, sound Dune of 1984, had been very severely received by the public and the critics, as well as by the readers who struggled to find in it the tone and the account of Frank Hebert. The feature film had been, it is true, served by a chaotic production. The first images as well as the apparent absence of internal bickering at least suggests good things for Denis Villeneuve’s film.


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