Venice Film Festival Confirms Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ To World Premiere On The Lido

The Venice Film Festival has confirmed that Denis Villeneuve’s Dune will make its world premiere out of competition at the 78th edition in September. Deadline reported in May that the film was expected. From Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures, Dune is the highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction bestseller of the same name. The film will be shown on Friday 3 September 2021, in the Sala Grande. The fest runs from September 1-11 on the Lido.

Dune stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Sharon Duncan Brewster, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen and David Dastmalchian, with Charlotte Rampling, with Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

Denis Villeneuve directed Dune from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. Mary Parent, Denis Villeneuve, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr. produced the film. The executive producers were Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert.

Oscar-winning Parasite director Bong Joon-ho is jury president this year while Oscar-winning Italian actor and director, Roberto Benigni, will receive the festival’s Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award.

Venice chief Alberto Barbera will unveil the full lineup for the 78th edition of the world’s oldest festival in late July.

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