Director Denis Villeneuve's Dune has been highly-anticipated since it was first announced, though it's not by any means a conventional blockbuster. Noted for it's depth in world-building, there is a reason that Warner Bros. decided to break the film into two parts. The first part is set to land on October 1st in theaters, but as it turns out that might not be the first time anyone sees the long-awaited film.
It's being reported, though not yet confirmed, that during the upcoming Venice Film Festival (set to have an in-person event from September 1-11), Dune may actually make it's world premiere there. This has not been confirmed though several news outlets are pointing out the last time one of Villeneuve's films was at Venice, it was the unconventional 2016 sci-fi film Arrival...which went on to be nominated Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, and won for Best Sound Editing. In short, Villeneuve's idea of science fiction could spell award buzz. Though, obviously, this hasn't been confirmed either way, but it's clear that if this happens, WB is aiming for the film to be an award contender.
Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho is serving as jury president this year. Stay tuned!