Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ had its official world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Friday evening. The film, which is an adaptation of Frank Herbert`s 1965 sci-fi classic, received an eight-minute standing ovation.
The long-awaited film from French-Canadian director stars Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya alongside the likes of Javier Bardem and Oscar Isaac.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao, a member of the festival`s competition jury this year, rushed through the aisles to greet the `Dune` director with a big hug shouting, “fantastic!” The crowd`s standing ovation, meanwhile, roared on for a continuous eight minutes.
Ramsey Setoodeh, of Variety, shared a video of the director and lead actor embracing during the record applause.
Though Chalamet drew the most screams from the huge crowd of cinema lovers, the full cast impressed with its sheer show of star power.
Walking the carpet arm-in-arm with Villeneuve and Chalamet were co-stars Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgard and Chen Chang.
The film is produced by Legendary Entertainment and Warner Brothers and is billed as Part 1 of a planned two-chapter franchise starter.
‘Dune’ rolls out in cinemas in Europe starting September 15 and in the US in theatres and on HBO Max on October 22.