The Nightmare of the Venice Film Festival

The ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ team is in shambles after a night out

The Nightmare of the Venice Film Festival

Elaine Thimyan, Layout Editor of The Ledger

Everyone is buzzing about the upcoming film directed by Olivia Wilde, “Don’t Worry Darling.” As the film release date inches closer, more and more drama gets spilled about the process. The Venice Film Festival took everything and really plastered it on display. Here’s the 411. 

The film festival is held from late August to early September, with 21 films competing for the Lion Award. This year, “Don’t Worry Darling,” starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and Nicholas Pine, was in the running. “Don’t Worry Darling” is a psychological thriller set in the 1950s, where there’s an experimental utopian community with dark secrets hiding underneath.  

To start out the drama, Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde, who have been in a romantic relationship, did not show up together. Throughout the entire night, Styles and Wilde stayed far from each other. They were never sitting together, not standing next to each other during photos; there was even a video of Styles turning his body away. The internet has speculated that the couple may be going through a rough patch, but nothing official has been released. 

Then during the previews, the viral video of Styles allegedly spitting on Nicholas Pine has sent the internet into a frenzy. Some say that he didn’t mean to spit or it was the trick of the light, but who’s to say? 

Another quick speculation is that Florence Pughs’ dress resembles that of Princess Dianas’ “Revenge Dress.” Pugh has not promoted the film like others she’s been in, causing people to think that she didn’t have a pleasant experience. She has spoken a little saying that her performance has been dwindled down to her intimate scenes with Styles. Pughs’ dress was beautiful and unique and definitely gave the feel of classy pettiness. 

To finalize the nightmare, when Styles spoke, he became a meme in the making. When asked about what he loves about the film, he said, “The thing I like about the film is that it feels like a film.” 

To say the least, the internet is feeling shocked and bewildered at the events of the night. The film’s rating at the moment stands at 43% with Rotten Tomatoes and a 4/10 with IMBd. Hopefully, the film can still be salvaged and thought of as its own separate entity without the scrutiny of the nightmare of the Venice Film Festival.