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Chloè Zhao, Victoria Alonso – Eternals #RomaFF16

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From Nomadland to Marvel’s Eternals: Chloè Zhao on directing films with universal themes.

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PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Chloè Zhao and Victoria Alonso, director and executive producer of the film Eternals.

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There’s no such thing as the division between arthouse cinema and blockbusters when it comes to films that deal with universal themes and topics. Oscar winner Chloè Zhao and tireless and wise executive producer Victoria Alonso agree on that when presenting Eternals, their new Marvel film coming out in Italian theatres from November 4th and also closing film of the 16th Rome Film Festival. Are Marvel Movies acquiring the same function mythology had for the older generations? The answer is a yes.

Eternals: Marvel Studios presents “Eternals,” the 25th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and an all-new adventure introducing 10 Super Heroes never seen before on screen.. “Eternals” follows a group of heroes from beyond the stars who had protected the Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called the Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, the Eternals are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again. “‘Eternals’ is an epic, sweeping, multi-millennial-spanning story with a diverse team of ten Super Heroes that we are excited to introduce to the world,” says producer Kevin Feige. “Though it continues the tradition of the MCU, the fi lm also breaks new ground and is a precursor for what the future of the MCU holds.” Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” stars Gemma Chan (Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel,” “Crazy Rich Asians”); Richard Madden (“Rocketman,” “The Bodyguard”); Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley,” “The Big Sick”); Lia McHugh (“The Lodge”); Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta,” “Widows”); Lauren Ridloff(“The Walking Dead,” “Wonderstruck”); Barry Keoghan (“American Animals,” “Dunkirk”); Don Lee (Ma Dong-Seok) (“The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil,” “Train to Busan”); with Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones,” “Gunpowder”); with Salma Hayek (“Like a Boss,” “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”); and Academy Award®–winner Angelina Jolie (“Those Who Wish Me Dead,” “Maleficent”).The fi lm is produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, and directed by Chloé Zhao, who won this year’s best director Academy Award® for “Nomadland.” Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Kevin de la Noy are the executive producers. The screenplay is wriƩ en by Chloé Zhao and Chloé Zhao & Patrick Burleigh and Ryan Firpo & Kaz Firpo, from a screen story by Ryan Firpo & Kaz Firpo.“We have watched and guided. We have helped them progress and seen them accomplish wonders. Throughout the years, we have never interfered. Until now.”— Ajak 2Director Zhao’s creative team includes director of photography Ben Davis (Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel,” “Doctor Strange”); production designer Eve Stewart (“The Danish Girl,” “Les Misérables”); costume designer Sammy Sheldon Diff er (Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”); editors Dylan Tichenor, ACE (“There Will Be Blood,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) and Craig Wood, ACE (“Malefi cent: Mistress of Evil,” Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp”); visual eff ects supervisor Stephane Cereƫ (Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” “Doctor Strange”); visual eff ects producer Susan PickeƩ (Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” “Doctor Strange”); special eff ects supervisor Neil Corbould (“Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”); composer Ramin Djawadi (“Game of Thrones,” Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man”); and hair and makeup designer Frances Hannon (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”).Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” opens in U.S. theaters on November 4th.

  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Chloè Zhao, Victoria Alonso
  • Interviewee role
    Director, executive producer
  • Film title
  • Festival section
    Closing film
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