‘Blonde’ Set for Venice Premiere in September

Blonde, the long-awaited fictional biopic adapted from Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September ahead of its autumn release on Netflix, Variety reports.

Meanwhile, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar has praised Blonde in a recent column for the online newspaper, El Diaro. “I must be one of the few who have seen Blonde, the great film by Andrew Dominik, where Ana de Armas plays Marilyn in a chillingly real way.”

Almodovar also mentions a disturbing scene involving Marilyn and John F. Kennedy, but it’s worth noting (yet again) that although Blonde depicts real people among its characters, the story is largely a product of the writers’ and director’s imaginations.

And finally, Andrew Dominik and musician Warren Ellis – who co-wrote the film’s score with bandmate Nick Cave (see here) – have discussed the project in an interview for Little White Lies magazine.

“Andrew, speaking of Blonde, this project started in 2008. You’ve lived with it for fourteen years. That must feel like a lifetime?

AD: (Sighs) Yeah, totally. I just couldn’t let go of Blonde. You have a lot of projects that don’t happen. Some of them hold your attention for a year or two and when someone comes up with the money, you can’t be bothered with it anymore. But Blonde was a movie that kept on giving. I kept having ideas and I just couldn’t leave it alone. It’s the film I’ve most wanted to make.

Why has Marilyn Monroe been such a compelling proposition for you?

AD: We know her life. The unloved child that became the most desired woman in the world. She didn’t see the world the way that it was, she saw it the way that she was, and that paid less and less dividends and she killed herself. It’s pretty compelling. Marilyn Monroe is about imagery, and that imagery has meanings that you can distort. You can change the familiar and turn it into something else, and that’s really attractive to me. The movie is great. It’s really powerful.

WE: I think that’s Andrew’s masterpiece. It’s unbelievable. It’s something else.”