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2023 Venice: Luca Guadagnino’s “Challengers” is Game, Set, Match as Festival Opener

2023 Venice: Luca Guadagnino’s “Challengers” is Game, Set, Match as Festival Opener

Tipped to be an out of competition selection for MGM/Amazon Studios once they moved back their August release date, Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers will open the 2023 edition of the Venice Film Festival – it will world premiere out of competition on August 30th. Guadagnino just completed filming on Queer with Jason Schwartzman, Daniel Craig and Lesley Manville.

Challengers follows three players (Zendaya, Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist) who knew each other when they were teenagers as they compete in a tennis tournament to be the world-famous grand slam winner, and reignite old rivalries on and off the court.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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