Maybe it's good I didn't get this in the end...
Barrage of boos for Weisz's new film at Venice Festival
By Jonathan Brown
Published: 05 September 2006
It may have been six years in the making, commanding a budget of £18m and even featuring his fiancée Rachel Weisz in the starring role, but the director Darren Aronofsky's long-awaited new film The Fountain was nevertheless roundly booed when it previewed at the Venice Film Festival.
The reception will prove particularly hard to take for Weisz, who, since she won an Oscar for her role in The Constant Gardener, has become one of Hollywood's hottest properties. However, she was putting a brave face on it when she told reporters: "I think it's wonderful that this film is so different. I would love to work with Darren again."
Weisz, 35, was making her first major public appearance since the birth of the couple's son, Henry Chance, in May. She waved for photographers as she arrived on the Lido by motorboat with Aronofsky.
But those in the audience were left perplexed by her latest film's sweeping ambition, racing across history and 600 years in to the future as one man, played by Hugh Jackman, goes in search of a cure for the cancer that threatens to kill his wife - Weisz's role.
His mercy dash takes him from the conquistadores of South America, via three parallel storylines, into the realms of science fiction as a 26th-century astronaut.
The film was originally due to star Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, but was rescued with the new cast by Warner Brothers after being repeatedly rejected by other studios.