Venice to host midnight premiere of ‘Machete’

Posted by · 4:37 am · July 28th, 2010

The full lineup  for the Venice Film Festival is due shortly, but several pieces are already falling into place. We know that “Black Swan” and “The Tempest” will be bookending the proceedings, while yesterday’s Toronto festival list indirectly gave away several of the titles we’ll be seeing on the Lido.

Now comes a slightly less highbrow inclusion, as Venice organisers have announced that Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete” will have its world premiere as a midnight screening on September 1, the opening night of the festival — right after Darren Aronofsky’s latest, in other words. Clearly, I’m not going to be allowed much sleep on my first day. Same as it ever was.

Of course, the film opens Stateside only two days later, but it’s a nice little launchpad all the same. Good for the festival, too, which appears to be balancing populist and arthouse concerns quite ably. Full press release after the cut. Kris, meanwhile, reported on the film’s Comic-Con presence (and its red-band trailer) here.

Machete, Robert Rodriguez’ highly anticipated new action film, conceived as an expansion of the faux Grindhouse trailer, directed by Rodriguez with Ethan Maniquis, will have its world premiere at the Lido as the Midnight film, on Opening Night of the 67th Venice International Film Festival.

The 67th Venice International Film Festival will take place September 1 through 11, 2010, directed by Marco Mueller and organized by la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.

To be released on September 3, 2010 in the United States, Machete will have its world premiere public screening (all festival badges admitted as well) at the 67th Mostra del cinema, on Wednesday September 1 2010, in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema).

Rodriguez, the man who wrote a new chapter in the history of action films – from El Mariachi (1992) to From Dusk ‘Till Dawn (1996), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and Sin City (2005) – here directs an incredible cast, led by Danny Trejo (star of the original faux trailer) in the role of the legendary avenger Machete Cortez. At his side Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Steven Seagal, Jeff Fahey, Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan and Robert De Niro, in the role of the corrupt Senator McLaughlin. Filmed in the fall of 2009, the film was also written by Robert Rodriguez, produced by Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan, Aaron Kaufman, Iliana Nikolic and Rick Schwartz, and will be released in the United States by 20th Century Fox.

Left for dead after clashing with notorious drug kingpin Torrez Mexican ex-federale Machete escapes to Texas looking to disappear and forget his tragic past, but what he finds is a web of corruption and deceit that leaves a bullet in a Senator and Machete a wanted man. Machete sets out to clear his name and expose a deep conspiracy. Standing in his way are Booth – a ruthless businessman with an endless payroll of killers, Von – a twisted border vigilante leading a small army, and Sartana Rivera – a beautiful immigrations officer torn between enforcing the law and doing what is right. Helping Machete even the odds are Luz – a sexy taco-truck lady with a rebellious spirit and revolutionary heart, and Padre, a priest who’s good with blessings, but better with guns. Carving a path of bullets, blood, and broken hearts, Machete’s quest ultimately leads him back to Torrez for an epic battle of revenge and redemption.

[Photo: Ace Showbiz]

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  • 1 7-28-2010 at 6:30 am

    Mike_M said...

    Very cool… I am REALLY looking forward to Black Swan and Machete, lucky you!

  • 2 7-28-2010 at 8:03 am

    The Dude said...

    Usually, Cannes is the festival I’m most excited about each year, with Toronto close behind…

    …but I have to admit that, for me, Venice has the line-up of the 2010.

  • 3 7-28-2010 at 8:24 am

    Tye-Grr said...

    Damn, I wish I could be there. :(

  • 4 7-28-2010 at 11:14 am

    kid said...

    When is the official schedule announcement?