Venice Film Festival Chief Alberto Barbera draws a sharp contrast between Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla and Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar-nominated Elvis, highlighting their complete dissimilarity.
In an interview with Deadline, Barbera says that Priscilla is of another point of view. “Sofia wants to tell the real story of Priscilla and I think she succeeds. Priscilla Presley herself is happy with the film. I’m not sure the rest of the family are as in favor of it but she is very supportive and likes the movie — that’s confirmation that the movie succeeds. It’s an intimate film, though. It’s the opposite of Baz Luhrmann’s movie.”
Coppola’s movie is based on Priscilla Presley’s biography ‘Elvis and Me,’ which recounts the couple’s courtship and time together. Coppola’s remarkable career has been defined by her interest of unusual characters, unconventional relationships, and storylines that centered on female characters.
Priscilla is expected to be a major contender at Venice film festival this year. However, the cast including Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi have not confirmed their attendance due to ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. Yet, Venice is expecting movies with SAG-AFTRA interim agreements to bring their casts to the Lido.
Priscilla will be released in theatres in October 2023, although no exact day has been announced. A24 will distribute the movie theatrically.