Adam Driver and Michael Mann’s film crew Ferrari The Venice Film Festival revived on Thursday, giving the Biennale a boost to stardom in one of the year’s most anticipated films.
Driver plays legendary Italian automaker Enzo Ferrari in the new biopic, which stars Penelope Cruz as his wife Laura Ferrari and Shailene Woodley as his lover Lena Lardi. The drama, which will have its world premiere in Venice on Thursday night, depicts a pivotal point in Ferrari’s life and the history of his car company. Jack O’Connell and Patrick Dempsey co-star as the Italian racers.
Driver and Mann alternated between discussing the film and talking about the double whammy dominating discussion among industry attendees in Venice. Ferrari He obtained a temporary waiver of the agreement from SAG-AFTRA to allow driver and co-star Dempsey to attend Venice to promote the film. Neon will release the film domestically, with a planned Christmas release. STX International is handling the film worldwide.
One condition of the waiver is that distributors comply with SAG-AFTRA’s demands, including on the issue of subscription and residual revenue, issues that studios and labels have rejected in negotiations with the syndicate.
“Why can a smaller distribution company like Neon or STX International fulfill the dreamy requirements of what SAG is asking for in this pre-negotiation but a large company like Netflix and Amazon can’t?” asked the driver. “Every time people from SAG go and support a movie that has agreed to these terms — the interim agreement — it makes it more apparent that those people are willing to support the people they’re working with, and others aren’t. So when that opportunity arose, it was like — they Temporary Agreement – It goes without saying for all of these reasons why you want to support your union.
By coming to Venice to support the film, Driver said he hopes it will help “stop the bleeding a little bit” by helping the people at IATSE and SAG-AFTRA be able to go to work.
“Individually and collectively we all stand in total solidarity with SAG and the Writers Guild strike as well,” Mann explained.
“Ferrari It got made because of the people who worked on it Ferrari “We’ve done this by waiving large portions of salary, in the case of Adam and I,” Mann added. “It wasn’t produced by a major studio – and no major studio wrote us a check. That’s why we’re here, standing in solidarity.”
Returning to the subject of the film, Mann said he felt compelled to tell Ferrari’s story because he found it “deeply human”.
“When a character is as dynamic and operatic as[Ferrari]the more specifically you get into the man, the more universal he becomes,” Mann explained. He added that the former race car driver turned leading automotive engineer “had so many parts of him (that were) at odds with each other (and that) resonated with me as life does”.
“So, either it’s melodramatic or visceral or sad – or because I’m a dissident like him – I don’t know,” said Mann. “But that’s what it was.”
Driver said he found Ferrari “very grief-driven” after his son’s death, which pushed him as a character. He added that the opportunity to work with Mann was “self-evident”.