Viewers and political obsessions of the Venice Film Festival were in for a treat Wednesday night, when former US Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was spotted at the opening gala of the festival’s 79th edition.
Clinton walked the Venice red carpet and took part in the opening night celebrations, including the world premiere of Noah Baumbach’s white noisestarring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, who kicked off the 2022 festival.
But why was Clinton there? There was speculation about a Netflix connection. The streamer produced Baumbach’s new film and supports In her hands, the first documentary from Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s new production company HiddenLight Productions. The Doc, by Tamana Ayazi (Learn to Skateboard in a War Zone (If You’re a Girl)) and Marcel Mettelsiefen (Watani: my homeland) will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 9 and will release globally on Netflix and select theaters on November 16.
But a Netflix representative said the company had nothing to do with Clinton’s red carpet appearance. “Hilary was a guest at the festival for the opening night. Not us, but of course we work with her on In her hands which will premiere on TIFF and on Netflix on November 16,” said the re.
Festival-goers can expect a lot more from Clinton in the future. In addition to the In her hands premiering at TIFF, she and daughter/production partner Chelsea will speak at this year’s Toronto festival in support of another HiddenLight project: the Apple TV+ docuseries Gutsy. Apple has given the Clintons a direct-to-series order for their event docuseries, which is based on the The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience and includes intimate conversations with female VIPs like Megan Thee Stallion, Gloria Steinem, Dr. Jane Goodall, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Kate Hudson, among others.
The Clintons will appear as part of TIFF’s Visionaries industry program, which is supported by: The Hollywood Reporter as an official media partner.