A Star Is Born, the new remake of the 1937 film starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, will premiere August 31 at the Venice Film Festival.
The early premiere date is a little over a month before the film’s global release. Toronto Film Fest will also show A Star Is Born early. The festival kicks off September 6 and ends September 16.
According to Deadline, these unexpected screenings come after executives and critics praised the film after a private screening in Los Angeles last week.
“Reaction from top exhibs was through the roof, at least those we heard from. One major theater owner predicted Oscar nominations across the board including Picture, Director, Actor and Actress, and big box office when it opens October 5,” Deadline said.
“Another from a large chain said the film was ‘fantastic’ and noted the sound in the concert scenes made you feel as if you were actually there live. He also predicted Oscar buzz for both leads and was particularly impressed by Cooper’s singing.”
A Star Is Born is Lady Gaga’s first time in the lead of a theatrical release and Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut.
Barbra Streisand starred in the 1976 remake and has seen clips of Cooper’s new project. The legend approves.
“I’m really proud of him — he did a great job on this film,” Streisand told Deadline. “I think it’s a story that works. It’s interesting to see my version, it’s interesting to see Judy Garland’s (1954) version, you know even go back to 1937 (Janet Gaynor’s version). The story works every time.”
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