White Noise, an Adam Driver movie on Netflix, opens the Venice Film Festival. 

The Venice Film Festival starts on Wednesday with the film "White Noise," starring Adam Driver, as the opening film.

"White Noise" is one of several Netflix films competing for the top prize, the Golden Lion, as the streaming giant tries to improve its reputation for arthouse films.

In "White Noise," Adam Driver plays a professor of Hitler studies in a town that is going through an "Airborne Toxic Event." This is Noah Baumbach's second film

with Driver after the acclaimed "Marriage Story."   In the second week of the 10-day festival, Netflix will also show "Blonde," which is a dark retelling of Marilyn Monroe's sad life.

The film's Australian director, Andrew Dominik, has called it "a masterpiece," which is typical of him, and it could make Ana de Armas, a rising star from Cuba,

a full-fledged A-lister. The streaming service is also behind "Bardo," the latest movie from Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. His previous movies, "Birdman" and

"The Revenant," had their world premieres in Venice before going on to win Oscars. - Directors who have won awards -

The world's oldest film festival is held every year on the beachy island of Lido. It is now in its 79th year.

It's a good time to start Academy Award campaigns, since directors have done very well in the past few years.

Eight of the last ten Best Director Oscars have gone to movies that made their debut at Venice. The most recent winner was Jane Campion for "Power of the Dog,"

which was also made by Netflix. However, the streaming service has yet to win a Best Picture Oscar.

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