Ridley Scott described “The Last Duel”, which featured Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck, as “a very challenging film that highlights an important issue” when the historical The epic was presented to audiences ahead of its world premiere. At the Venice Film Festival.
The festival had just received the director, by awarding him the Cartier Glory for the Filmmaker Award, given to a person who made a “particularly original contribution” to the film industry.
Scott, who was greeted by festivalgoers with great warmth, enthusiasm and a minute-long standing ovation, thanked the festival and awards sponsor Cartier for their “critical support of the cinema”, before adding, “We need it Never let it fade away. Ether.”
Presenting his new film, Scott said: “The inspiration for this came from Matt and Ben, who called me up and said, ‘You’ve had a duel before, but we have another duel we’re going to write – It’s something different. It was, and that’s why I did it.” The director said: “Jodie Comer and Adam Driver were then joined by Matt and Ben, and [writer] Nicole Holofsner that turned out to be an inspiring partnership. Together with my team – the people I always work with – we have made a very challenging film that highlights an important issue. I hope you agree – I think it’s one of my better films.”
By that time the attention of the press and audience was almost entirely focused on Affleck and his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, whose arrival in Venice on Thursday put an end to speculation about whether they would attend the festivities together, and They made their first major red carpet debut since reuniting as a couple.
The audience in the theater stood for a long time facing the seats in the gallery, where the actors were to sit, waiting for the love birds to arrive. When he did, a roar came from the audience as well as a blaze of light emanating from his cell-phone. The joyful reception confirms the premiere’s status as one of the highlights.
But when Affleck and Lopez stole the show before the screening, it was Comer who was the center of attention when the lights went on after the film’s theatrical ending, which was followed by two minutes of applause. Most of the audience gave little respect to the “Killing Eve” and “Free Guy” star when she took her seat alone before the other cast arrived, but when her name appeared on the closing credits it provoked a sudden surge of applause. With the rumble of thunder, and as the room was illuminated, all eyes were on him, not the other stars.