As the 80th edition of the Venice Film Festival approaches, its artistic director, Alberto Barbera, is reminiscing about touching moments featuring two Hollywood sensations, Lady Gaga and Scarlett Johansson.
The Venice Film Festival, not only the world’s oldest film festival but also one of the most prestigious, is a litmus test for measuring the buzz around potential Oscar contenders, particularly for the most eagerly awaited films of the year.
It’s a star-studded affair that draws the attention of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.
Just recently, George and Amal Clooney were spotted in Venice, gearing up for this prestigious event.
Before this year’s celebrations kick off, Barbera had a candid conversation with The Guardian, discussing various subjects, including Hollywood strikes and the exciting events for this year’s festival.
As the 80th Venice Film Festival nears, Alberto Barbera, the festival’s artistic director, shares some profoundly emotional moments he witnessed involving Lady Gaga and Scarlett Johansson.
He fondly recollects Gaga’s festival debut 2018 with “A Star Is Born” and Johansson’s tearful reaction to the premiere of “Under the Skin” in 2013, which Barbera described as one of the most emotional screenings he had ever attended.
During the “A Star Is Born” premiere, Barbera reminisces about Lady Gaga’s 2018 festival debut.
Despite being caught in the rain, both Gaga and Bradley Cooper graced the red carpet. However, Barbera revealed that Gaga refused to enter the theater for a heartwarming reason.
She wanted to keep signing autographs for her devoted fans! Even after getting drenched, she arrived at Barbera’s office, shaking but undeterred.
When asked if she was nervous, she explained her desire to ensure her fans got their deserved attention.
Barbera was astounded by her dedication to her fans, particularly considering her performances in front of thousands during her concerts.
On a windy day in New York City, Lady Gaga stepped out of her car in a revealing cut-out dress, only for the gusts to play tricks.
When asked about her acting debut in “A Star Is Born,” Gaga humbly compared herself to a debutante.
Barbera also shared an endearing moment with Scarlett Johansson during the premiere screening of her movie “Under the Skin.”
He recalls putting his arm around her shoulder and guiding her into the theater. Unfortunately, the film didn’t receive a warm reception from the audience, becoming the only one to be booed.
Johansson was close to tears, but Barbera assured her the movie would eventually gain recognition.
True to his words, the film has become a cult classic despite its initially low box office earnings.
The movie follows Johansson as an alien creature who lures in lonely men in Scotland. Although its production budget was $13 million, it made only $6 million worldwide.
According to Barbera, Gaga and Cooper braved the rain on the red carpet during the premiere of “A Star Is Born.”
Gaga chose not to enter the theater for a generous reason: to continue signing autographs for her fans.
Barbera comforted Gaga and led her into the theater, where she eventually shed tears while watching the film.
In contrast, Johansson’s screening of “Under the Skin” received an unexpected response from the audience, as it was the only film to be booed.
Surprisingly, despite initially receiving mixed reviews upon its release, “Under the Skin” eventually gained a devoted following.
In 2022, British film critics voted it the best British movie of the 21st century.
Meanwhile, “A Star Is Born” enjoyed critical acclaim with a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and impressive box office success, raking in $436 million worldwide on a budget of only $36 million.
Scarlett Johansson has recently starred in Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City” and is set to appear in “North Star,” hitting theaters on September 7.
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