Fans confused why Hillary Clinton is at Venice Film Festival

Hillary Clinton was a 2016 presidential candidate, the former First Lady and US Secretary of State, but now she’s making the rounds in the film industry.

The 74-year-old made a rare appearance at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday and her presence confused some who wondered why she was there.

Clinton posed on the red carpet for the premiere of Noah Baumbach’s upcoming Netflix film White Noise. She ditched her usual pant suit look and instead donned a baby blue kaftan and shiny flats for the evening.

Many were confused as to why she was there, but rumors circulated that it was because of her connection to Netflix. The streaming giant is also directing the documentary “In Her Hands” about Clinton and her daughter Chelsea. The project will be the first for the Clintons’ new production company, HiddenLight Productions.

On social media, users seemed oddly surprised by Clinton’s appearance. “Completely unnecessary in a time of mass homelessness and death,” someone rolled his eyes Twitter.

Director of the 79th Venice International Film Festival Alberto Barbera, Italy's Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, US politician Hilalry Clinton, Italy's Minister of Public Administration Renato Brunetta and President of La Biennale di Venezia Roberto Cicutto arrive for the opening ceremony and screening of the Movie "White noise" on August 31, 2022 during the 79th Venice International Film Festival
Clinton held a photo op Tuesday with festival director Alberto Barbera, Italy’s culture minister, Dario Franceschini, and Italy’s public administration minister, Renato Brunetta.
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“I have a feeling Hillary Clinton would walk out of a screening at the Venice Film Festival and nod and say the movie was made really well,” said one fan added.

one joked: “Hillary Clinton reporting for Indiewire about Venice?” Others said: “Hillary Clinton shows up at the Venice Film Festival for no reason.”

In Her Hands will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 9th and will be available on Netflix and in select theaters on November 16th.

Celebrity at the open ceremony of the 79th Venice International Film Festival
Twitter users questioned why Clinton was at the Venice Film Festival.
Stefano Costantino / MEGA

However, a Netflix representative told the Hollywood Reporter that Clinton’s arrival had nothing to do with the documentary.

“Hillary was a guest of the festival on opening night. Not our work, but of course we’re working on ‘In Her Hands’ with her,” they stated.

Chelsea, 42, and her mum will attend TIFF later this month for their other HiddenLight series Gutsy — and speak.

The Apple TV+ documentaries feature candid conversations with powerful women like Megan Thee Stallion, Gloria Steinem, Jane Goodall, Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer.

As for Baumbach’s lively film, “White Noise” is an apocalyptic black comedy starring Greta Gerwig and Adam Driver that hits theaters later this year and will stream on Netflix. Fans confused why Hillary Clinton is at Venice Film Festival

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Emma Bowman by emailing

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