Thursday, July 25, 2019

"The Laundromat" also heading to Venice

Just a couple days after the announcement that The Laundromat will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, multiple sources are reporting today that the film will also be shown in competition at the Venice Film Festival. Venice runs from August 28-September 7, so technically, the world premiere might actually be there? No word yet on which day the film will be shown for each festival. 

Also, and to my great surprise, the sources reporting this morning's news are describing The Laundromat as a "dark comedy." I was not expecting that at all. Apparently Meryl's character sort of unearths the tax-avoidance scheme of Mossack-Fonseca. The fact that it apparently will have some light-heartedness to it is actually kind of refreshing, considering how dry the tagline sort of reads.

Are we not going to get at least a teaser trailer beforehand?!


  1. I've mentioned before I would love Meryl to win a Volpi Cup. Depending on size of the role, I'm hoping this will be it!

    I didn't have many expectations for this but hopes are growing!

    1. The blurbs I've been reading suggest more lead now. The film is only 95 minutes long, so it may not take a huge role to be considered lead. From Hollywood Reporter:

      Also from Netflix, Steven Soderbergh's uber-timely Panama Papers comedy The Laundromat follows Streep as Ellen Martin, whose dream vacation takes a wrong turn and leads her down a rabbit hole of shady dealings that can all be traced to one Panama City law firm, run by seductive partners played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas. She soon learns that her minor predicament is only a drop in the bucket of millions of files linking an offshore tax scheme to the world’s richest and most powerful political leaders.

    2. And from the beginning, Meryl's role has been called the "emotional through-line" of the film. If she's borderline lead with screen time but her presence is sort of imbued throughout the entire story...she'll be campaigned lead.