Olivia Wilde receives a five-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival for her film ‘Don’t Worry Darling’
this evening, Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
In the presence of Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, and Florence Pugh, who flew in late from the Budapest set of Dune 2, Wilde saw her film receive an enthusiastic ovation lasting more than five minutes.
In her sparkling gown, Pugh received a warm welcome from the crowd as soon as she stepped onto the red carpet.
The ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Venice Film Festival Photo Gallery: Olivia Wilde, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, and Chris Pine at this year’s festival
It was noted in the review that Deadline’s Pete Hammond called Wilde’s film a “candy-coated psychological thriller” that deals with the “terror imposed by men controlling women’s bodies.”
‘Don’t Worry Darling’ receives a 5-minute ovation at the Venice Film Festival in honor of Olivia Wilde
Fans have been camping out in front of the Sala Grande since early in the morning, braving the punishing sun with a sea of umbrellas, in order to catch a glimpse of Harry Styles because it has been a Harry Styles-mania on the Lido today.
As part of the media day earlier in the day, Wilde – who also co-wrote the film and stars in it as well – was joined by Styles, Pine, and Chan to answer questions from the media.
Although there were swirls of controversy surrounding Shia LaBeouf’s withdrawal from the project and questions regarding Florence Pugh’s absence from the press conference, the controversy was largely avoided.
Pugh’s absence at the premiere was addressed by Wilde, who said, “Florence is a force; we are so grateful she is able to make it tonight [to the premiere] despite being in production.”
She refused to engage in speculation that suggested there might be other reasons for Pugh’s absence.
There is a lot of endless tabloid gossip and noise out there, but the internet feeds on itself. There is no need for me to contribute to it in any way. I would say that it is sufficiently well-nourished.”
The story of Don’t Worry Darling revolves around Alice (Pugh) and Jack (Styles), both of whom are happy to live in the idealized community of Victory, an experimental company town that houses the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families.
In the tight-knit desert utopia of The Pines, every aspect of daily life is anchored in the 1950s societal optimism espoused by their CEO Frank (Pine) – who is equal parts corporate visionary and motivational life coach.
Gallery of Memorable Moments from the Venice Film Festival 1945-1984
While the husbands spend every day inside the Victory Project Headquarters, working on the “development of progressive materials,” their wives – including Frank’s elegant partner, Shelley (Chan) – get to spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury, and debauchery of their community while the husbands are working inside the Victory Project Headquarters.
It is a perfect place to live, with the company taking care of the needs of every resident. It is only a matter of discretion and unquestioning commitment to Victory’s cause that they ask for back in return.
Then, as cracks in their idyllic life begin to appear, revealing flashes of something that may be more sinister lurking underneath the attractive façade, Alice finds herself questioning what exactly they are doing in Victory, and why they are doing it.
The film opens domestically on September 23.