About halfway through the Friday night screening of Bradley Cooper’s music drama at the Sala Grande, the theater was apparently struck by lightning, which blew out the projector bulb, according to sources close to the producers.
The delay lasted about 15 minutes, after which the power was restored and the film began again.
Lady Gaga could be seen chuckling and blowing kisses to the audience as festival technicians scrambled to fix the issue.
The city is experiencing a heavy rainstorm on the festival’s third night. Early reviews of Cooper’s directing debut have ranged from warm to rapturous. Variety’s Owen Gleiberman called it “A transcendent Hollywood movie.”
The film co-stars Cooper, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay and Dave Chappelle.
At the press conference earlier in the day, the Grammy-nominated actress said the film’s story has endured the test of time because it’s a universal tale. “It’s a story about love and about what Bradley refers to as the human plight of addiction. It was a remarkable experience for me.”
Lady Gaga during unexpected break in Star is Born premiere. Screen went black more than 10 minutes ago…. pic.twitter.com/rllPry91vU
— Nick Vivarelli (@NickVivarelli) August 31, 2018
LADY GAGA IS ELECTRIFYING. Literally. I’m in Venice for the film festival and sitting in the audience at the premiere of “A Star is Born,” and the theater was just struck by lightning—no joke—and damaged the projection. And now we’re all waiting for it to start. ⚡️🇮🇹
— Derek Blasberg (@DerekBlasberg) August 31, 2018