Actors Granted Interim Agreements Will Promote Their Movies at Venice Film Festival

Adam Driver, Jessica Chastain and Mads Mikkelsen will be among the stars present

BY Ben OkazawaPublished Aug 29, 2023

Despite the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike that has rolled up red carpets around the world, certain actors will be allowed to promote their movies at the upcoming Venice Film Festival after being granted an interim agreement.  

Some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Adam Driver (Ferrari), Jessica Chastain (Memory), Mads Mikkelsen (The Promised Land) and Jacob Elordi (Sofia Coppola's Priscilla), will attend the festival that kicks off on August 30. 

The interim agreements that have allowed actors to audition for, work on and promote certain independent productions have been the source of controversy among union members for the past month, with prominent names like Viola Davis and Sarah Silverman both publicly disputing their validity. 

While Davis simply said that she didn't feel comfortable contributing to the production amidst the strike in solidarity with her fellow union members, Silverman expressed concern that the independent production companies could still sell their films to the big streaming companies that are being struck. 

Although movies like Dune: Part Two and Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim have been sidelined as the latest results of Hollywood executives' stinginess, many film festivals and premieres have gone ahead (largely with empty red carpets). 

TIFF is among the festivals due to go on, although it has yet to be determined whether any casts with interim agreements will attend.

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