While we are still waiting for the official lineup which will be presented in Rome on July 29th, we know for sure which movie will open the 72nd Venice Film Festival.
It’s Everest (Universal), movie directed by the Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (his debut film, 101 Reykjavik, is fabulous).
The movie will be presented with a worldwide preview on Sept. 2nd in the Sala Grande at the Lido.
The movie – which is a non-competitor – tells the infamous Everest expedition that took place in 1996 and ended in a disaster. A tale of two expeditions aiming to reach the highest summit in the world – the dream of every climber – that will end swamped in a snowstorm straight out of a nightmare. A real struggle to survive, where man is face to face with nature’s almighty power. Everest is a Working Title Films production starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie is presented by Universal Pictures and Walden Media in collaboration with Cross Creek Pictures, and it has been adapted for the screen by William Nicholson (The Gladiator) and by Oscar® winning Simon Beaufoy (The Millionaire).
The movie has been filmed in Nepal, on the Everest slopes, on the Italian Apls (Val Senales, Trentino-Alto Adige), in Cinecittà in Rome and in Pinewood Studios in the UK. Universal will distribute Everest all over the world. The movie will open in the United States on Sept. 18th: initially only on IMAX 3D and premium large format 3D, while from Sept. 25th it will be available in any theater, also in 2D. In Italy, the movie will open on Sept. 24th.
Translation: Federica Manzolini