‘Ferrari’ Gets 7 1/2-Minute Standing Ovation At Venice Film Festival World Premiere

Michael Mann’s Ferrari received a 7 1/2-minute standing ovation Thursday night after the lights went up on the film’s world premiere screening at the Venice Film Festival.

The pic, which is screening in Competition in Venice, was the primetime premiere screening tonight on the Lido, with the film’s stars Adam Driver, Patrick Dempsey and Daniela Piperno joining Mann on the red carpet and inside the Palazzo del Cinema.

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Mann stood as the ovation began from the crowd, urging Driver to rise as well.

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The pic’s subject matter is near and dear to Italians’ hearts, telling a story beginning in the summer of 1957 with ex-racer Enzo Ferrari (Driver) is in crisis. Bankruptcy threatens the factory he and his wife, Laura (Penélope Cruz), built from nothing 10 years earlier. Their volatile marriage has been battered by the loss of their son a year earlier, and Ferrari struggles to acknowledge his son with Lina Lardi (Shailene Woodley). Meanwhile, his drivers’ passion to win pushes them to the edge as they launch into the treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy, the Mille Miglia.

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Ferrari received a SAG-AFTRA interim agreement this month, allowing its stars to promote it on the festival circuit, which also includes a closing-night slot at the New York Film Festival in mid-October. STX Entertainment and its partners are distributing internationally.

Ferrari has a Christmas Day stateside release date via Neon.

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