Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde at ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Venice Ovation

Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde both attended the world premiere of TV series “Don’t Worry About Bold” at the Venice Film Festival on Monday night, but they kept their distance — as if they weren’t even on the same page Same as in the movie.

Earlier in the day, Pugh skipped the film’s press conference. As the audience in Venice erupted into a 4-minute standing ovation for the film, a tearful Pugh — who was seated a few seats from Wilde — turned away from her director entirely, instead confronting (and with she dances) her colleagues. — star Nick Kroll.

The film seems to be a hit in Venice. The audience applauds in one of the more climatic scenes, and if Pugh hadn’t walked out three minutes or so after the applause, the applause could have lasted longer, prompting the rest of the cast — and finally Wilde — to follow her. Amid the cheers, Harry Styles and Kroll quickly kissed on the lips.

“Don’t Worry Darling” marks Wilde’s second feature film directorial effort, and her follow-up to her breakthrough “book.” Pugh and Styles play a newlyweds living in a quaint, experimental utopia called Victory. Pugh’s character increasingly suspects that her husband’s company — which is working on a top-secret project that promises to change the world — may be hiding disturbing secrets. Then all hell broke loose. “Booksmart” writer Katie Silberman wrote the script.

The show comes to Venice after “Don’t Worry, Honey” amid social media rumors that Wilde and Pugh fell out on set. Pugh missed the film’s press conference due to the demands of the Dune sequel, but made it to Venice in time for the red carpet for the world premiere. The festival and Warner Bros. Discovery staff carefully considered any chance of embarrassment on the carpet, avoiding any drama by giving the film’s main ensemble a healthy window between each red carpet appearance.

Wilde walked down the red carpet first, followed by Styles and finally Pugh. Styles’ powder-blue suit was surprisingly downplayed for the singer-actor, who was very attentive to screaming fans – many of whom had been lining up outside the Grand Theater since the wee hours of the morning, in the heat .

While the “As Is” singer was busy signing autographs up and down the red carpet, Pugh grabbed the attention of passionate fans with a grin for the camera in an off-the-shoulder shimmery bodysuit. Like Styles, Pugh also took the time to greet and hug fans and pose for selfies. At one point, she embraced festival director Alberto Barbera warmly, gushing that it was her first time at a festival. She also gave “Don’t Worry Darling” producer Miri Yoon a long hug.

During this time, the stars joined the wider Warner Bros. Discovery team and their co-stars Gemma Chan, Chris Pine and Nick Kroll. But aside from a photo with Wilde’s cast, the Pugh, Wilde, and Styles trio were separated on the red carpet, with their reps or other cast members always surrounding them (Marisa Tomei gave Styles a particularly zealous comment). reception).

“Florence is a force,” Wilde said earlier in the day when asked to “clear up” the rumours at a Venice news conference. “We are very grateful that she was able to make it tonight [for the red carpet] Although “Dune” is being made.I know how devastating it can be as a director to lose an actor for even one day, so I’m very grateful to her, and [‘Dune’ director Denis Villeneuve] Help us. Tonight we will celebrate her work. I cannot say how honored I am to have her as our leader. She is amazing. “

Wilde added: “As for all the endless tabloid gossip and all the noise, the internet feeds its own information. I don’t see a need to contribute; I think it’s well nourished.”

Venice’s ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Has Mixed Reviews, There Are type Film critic Owen Gleiberman called it “gorgeous rather than convincing” and its “overly telegrammed and top-heavy conspiracy plot”. Gleiberman offered more praise for Pugh and Styles, writing that the former “takes over the center of the film with an eager spark that blends into the watchful detective’s gaze.” At the same time, Styles has “a A healthy amount of cunning that marks him as a natural screen actor.”

“Don’t Worry Darling” premieres outside the game. Warner Bros. often brings one of its Oscar season blockbusters to Venice, including Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s “A Star Is Born” (an out-of-competition premiere that ended up with eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and won for Original Song) and Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker” (Golden Lion winner, 11 Oscar nominations, and two for Actor and Original Score). Whether ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Can Continue Warner Bros. The success from film festivals to the Oscars remains to be seen.

Wilde told CinemaCon earlier this year that “Don’t Worry Darling” was inspired by psychosexual thrillers like “Fatal Attraction” and “Indecent Proposal.” The director also cited Inception, The Matrix and The Truman Show as inspirations, calling the film a “love letter to movies that push the boundaries of our imaginations.”

Warner Bros. to release ‘Don’t Worry, Darling’ in theaters September 23

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