Regina King hoping history-making Venice Film Festival debut is a hit


Oscar-winner Regina King is hoping her history-making new movie will encourage more women of color to make films – and festival bosses to champion them.

The Watchmen star will become the first black female director to premiere a movie at the Venice Film Festival in Italy this week (September 7, 2020) when One Night in Miami launches, and on Tuesday she attended a virtual press conference via Zoom to discuss the honor of being included, adding she hopes it’s a success.

“Unfortunately, across the world, that’s how things seem to work,” she said. “One woman gets a shot and if she does not succeed, it shuts things down for years until someone else gets a shot. I am so grateful for our film to be a part of the festival but I really, really want it to perform well.

“There’s so much talent out there – so many talented directors – so if One Night in Miami gets it done here, you’ll get to see a lot more of us.”

Unfortunately, COVID-19 travel restrictions mean Regina won’t be able to attend the Venice premiere.