Ferrari star Adam Driver on interim agreements at Venice Film Festival

The Ferrari cast is one of a few who secured an agreement to promote their film during the autumn film festival circuit

By Priyanca Rajput 1 Sep 2023

Ferrari star Adam Driver on interim agreements at Venice Film Festival
Adam Driver. Credit: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0

During a press conference for Michael Mann's Ferrari at Venice Film Festival, Adam Driver addressed the importance of interim agreements, touting it an “effective tactic” during the ongoing strikes

Adam Driver and the cast of Ferrari participated in a press conference on Thursday (August 31) at the Venice Film Festival after securing an interim agreement from SAG-AFTRA to promote the independently-made film.

Driver, who stars as Enzo Ferarri took the opportunity to advocate for interim agreements while promoting the film.

“I’m very happy to be here to support this movie, and the truncated schedule that we had to shoot it and the efforts of all the incredible actors working on it and the crew,” Driver told press. “But also, I’m very proud to be here to be a visual representation of a movie that’s not part of the AMPTP and to promote the SAG leadership directive which is an effective tactic which is the interim agreement.”

He highlighted that the Ferrari cast’s presence under the interim agreement is a direct statement to the AMPTP.

“The other objective is obviously to say, why is it that a smaller distribution company like Neon and STX International can meet the dream demands of what SAG is asking for — this is pre-negotiations — the dream version of SAG’s wishlist, but a big company like Netflix and Amazon can’t?” Driver said. “And every time people from SAG go and support a movie that has met the terms of the interim agreement, it just makes it more obvious that these people are willing to support the people that they collaborate with, and the others are not.”

Driver impugned Netflix and Amazon for not meeting the demands.

Set in 1975, the film follows the Ferrari company as it deals with the looming threat of bankruptcy, while Enzo struggles with marriage and the aftermath of the death of his son. Meanwhile he makes a big gamble on winning the Mille Miglia, a 1,000-mile race across Italy.

Mann and Troy Kennedy-Martin adapted the screenplay from the book Enzo Ferrari: The Man and the Machine by Brock Yates.

SAG's chief negotiator, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland encouraged those who have secured an interim agreement to attend the autumn film festival circuit.

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