The actor starring in the new Michael Mann points the finger at Amazon and Netflix: “Some are willing to support the people they collaborate with, and others are not.”
The 80th edition of the Venice Film Festival started this Wednesday. The actors’ strike, which disrupted the organization of the event, took place on the Lido. In the middle of a press conference, Adam Driver, who carries the film Ferraritook the opportunity to send a message of support to the demonstrators, who stopped working from July 13.
The actor was able to attend the festival despite directives from the actors’ union SAG-AFTRA, which prohibits its members from any filming or promotion. Indeed, certain independent productions are exceptions and have obtained exemptions. This is the case of the new film Michael Mannproduced by Neon, an independent studio not affiliated with the alliance of major American producers, AMPTP.
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“I am very proud to be here to represent a film that is not part of the AMPTP,” began by explaining Adam Driver. According to him, the exemption granted to him “makes it even more obvious that some are willing to support the people they collaborate with, and others are not.”
“Why can a small distribution company (like Neon) comply with (the union’s) demands but a large company like Netflix or Amazon cannot?”, he then questioned.
The actor ended up recalling that he was “here to show my solidarity and show that what really matters are the people you work with.”
Among the films selected at the festival, others benefited from exemptions, notably PriscillaSofia Coppola’s biopic on Priscilla Presley, carried by Cailee Spaeny (Mare of Easttown) and Jacob Elordi (Euphoria). This is also the case for Dogman by Luc Besson.
Ferrari will be released for Christmas on Prime Video. A first teaser was revealed this Wednesday: