Venice Film Festival 2023, Challengers by Luca Guadagnino opens the Film Festival

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Challengers will have its world premiere on Wednesday 30 August 2023 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema (Lido di Venezia), in the opening night from the 80th International Film Festival. Challengers will be distributed in the United States by Metro Goldwyn Meyer Pictures / Amazon Studios and worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The words of the director Alberto Barbera

“Luca Guadagnino is among the few Italian directors who has always been used to working with both Italian and foreign actresses and actors – declares the Director Alberto Barbera – managing every time to get the maximum result from each of them. Even when playing away from home, as in the case of Challengers. Without setting limits to his creative energy, Guadagnino tackles topics such as love, friendship and male rivalry with lightness and sporting bravado, creating an enthralling and exciting show, imbued with irony, sensuality and pleasantness. Pure cinema”.

The emotion of Luca Guadagnino

“I am very excited to present my new film to the audience at the Venice Film Festival Challengers – he declares Luca Guadagnino – It is a modern and powerful story, suffused with the energy of youth, love and the power of the self. Zendaya, Josh and Mike are completely original and new to bringing to the screen an aura that has never been seen in their performances. I can’t wait for the Lido audience to dance to the tune of Trent and Atticus’ soundtrack on the opening night of the 80th edition of the exhibition. For me as a filmmaker, opening the festival is a dream come true, and I am deeply grateful to Alberto and the entire La Biennale di Venezia family for this acknowledgment to Challengers”.