Magazine article Screen International

Damien Chazelle's 'La la Land' to Open Venice Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Damien Chazelle's 'La la Land' to Open Venice Film Festival

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La La Land, written and directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), is to world premiere as the opening film of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival (Aug 31 - Sept 10) and will play in Competition.

The musical drama stars Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and John Legend and reunites Chazelle with JK Simmons, who won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role as a punishing music instructor in coming-of-age drama Whiplash.

Venice festival director Alberto Barbera described La La Land as "a surprising tribute to the golden age of American musicals".

"It is a film that does not merely reinvent the musical genre, it gives it a brand new start," he added. "If Whiplash was the revelation of a new filmmaker, La La Land is his definitive, albeit precocious, consecration among the great directors of Hollywood's new firmament."

Chazelle says "On behalf of the cast and crew of La La Land, I am both thrilled and honoured by the festival's invitation. It is deeply humbling for us to join the company of their previous opening night films, and we could not be more excited to share our movie with the audience in Venice".

Last year's opening film was Baltasar Kormákur's Everest.

La La Land will world premiere on Aug 31 in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido.

The Hollywood romance centres on Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress who serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician who scrapes by playing cocktail piano gigs in dingy bars. …

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