What happened to Martin Scorsese’s “The Audition,” the 15-minute short film slated to premiere on the Lido this year? The screening was canceled at the Venice Film Festival on September 7th due to “technical problems.” Now the short has finally debuted in Macau, where it was unveiled by its stars, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Martin Scorsese. (More details of the showing are at VanityFair.com.)
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With a reported budget of $70 million, its Venice inclusion may have been problematic because the short was financed by casino-resorts Macau Studio City and Manila City of Dreams, though Venice director Alberto Barbera also told THR, “It’s a Scorsese film, not a commercial. The casino paid for the film, but it’s not in the film at all.”
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