Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers will open the Venice Film Festival 2023

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Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers with Zendaya will open the Venice Film Festival 2023 on August 30 out of competition

In the film, defined as a “sexy comedy”, the actress Zendaya plays a prodigy tennis player, linked to a husband and an ex, both champions now in trouble. It will therefore be Challengers with Zendaya, directed by Luca Guadagnino, to open the 80th Venice Film Festival on August 30 at the Palazzo del Cinema. The film, co-starring the actress with Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist, will be present out of competition and has already caused discussion since the publication of the first trailerdue to a menage a trois whose media effectiveness is boosted by Zendaya’s popularity.

Challengers, the plot of the film with Zendaya directed by Luca Guadagnino which will open the Venice Film Festival 2023

Challengers follows Tashi Duncan (Zendaya), a tennis prodigy married to a debacled champion, Art (Mike Faist). Tashi plans a restart for Art on the Challenger Tour, where, however, another struggling tennis player, Patrick (Josh O’Connor), Tashi’s ex and Art’s best friend. Sport, ambition, feelings and attraction merge and mingle in a whirlwind story. Luca Guadagnino, who signs with this film his first all-American work (MGM/Amazon in the USA, Warner Bros in the rest of the world) defining his work with these words:

A bold modern story of youthful energy, love and power. […] Zendaya, Josh and Mike are completely original, fresh, bring a new energy that you have never seen before. I can’t wait for the Lido audience to dance to Trent’s soundtrack [Reznor] e Atticus [Ross]on the opening night of the 80th edition of the Exhibition.

Festival artistic director Alberto Barbera says of Challengers:

With a light hand and sporting confidence, Guadagnino places no limits on his creative energy in this film, where he tackles topics such as love, friendship and male rivalry, bringing to life an engaging film that is striking, full of irony, sensuality and generosity. Cinema in its purest form.

We can’t wait to be able to watch Guadagnino’s latest work, which is already making a lot of noise. What expectations do you have? Let us know in the comments!

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Magdalena Skrok is an accomplished writer who delves into the realm of new movies and TV series. With an unwavering passion for cinematic storytelling, Magdalena keeps readers informed about the latest releases, upcoming projects, and exciting developments in the world of entertainment.