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Venice Film Festival: Damien Chazelle hopes that the strike paralyzing Hollywood will be good

2023-08-30T11:10:05.833Z

Highlights: Venice is the first major festival to be hit hard by the strike of writers and actors in the U.S. The Deauville American Film Festival, which opens its doors on Friday, will also be impacted by this movement. Damien Chazelle believes that it is "important to know exactly what we are going to do" on artificial intelligence. "Digital is a change that will shake up many things but art will survive," he wants to believe. "I'd like to, maybe... We'll see, but there are also strikes in France!" he smiles.


A few hours before the official opening of the 80th edition of the Italian festival, the director and president of the jury speaks about the social movement that deprives him of some of the stars invited.


Will the strike paralyzing Hollywood be good? A few hours before the official opening of the 80th Venice Film Festival, Damien Chazelle, the president of the jury, told AFP. "Hollywood is going through difficult times," explains the Franco-American director. I hope it's for the best, that something good will come out of it."

Venice is the first major festival to be hit hard by the strike of writers and actors in the United States, which deprives it of most of the stars who could have walked its red carpet. The Deauville American Film Festival, which opens its doors on Friday, will also be impacted by this movement and will not be able to accommodate many actors who were scheduled.

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For more than two months, the strikers have been demanding better pay and working conditions as well as a framework for the use of artificial intelligence. "I think some of the issues that people are on strike for needed to be addressed. It's sad to get to this point, but I understand, continues Damien Chazelle, whose films have already opened twice at the Mostra (La la land in 2016 and First Man in 2018). I hope it will end soon, we all need to get back to work." At present, no agreement has been reached. American industry had not experienced such a social movement since 1960.

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On the use of artificial intelligence, which some creatives worry will replace them, Damien Chazelle believes that it is "important to know exactly what we are going to do and the path we are going to take". "People have somewhat apocalyptic opinions" on digital, but "I don't think it's really going to change the art of cinema," he continued, questioned at a reception in his honor on the lagoon. "Digital is a change that will shake up many things but art will survive," he wants to believe.

Hollywood blocked, isn't it time for this Franco-American, in love with Paris, to shoot a film in France? "I'd like to, maybe... We'll see, but there are also strikes in France!" he smiles.

Source: lefigaro

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