Damien Chazelle’s First Man to open the 75th Venice Film Festival
by Vittoria Scarpa
- The US director is once again opening proceedings on the Lido with the story of the landing of the first man on the moon; the film will be presented in competition as a world premiere
First Man, directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, Jason Clarke and Claire Foy, is the movie that has been chosen to open the 75th Venice Film Festival (29 August-8 September), in competition. The eagerly awaited new film by the director of La La Land (which opened Venice in 2016 and went on to win six Oscars) tells the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, and focuses on the figure of Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969.
“It is a true privilege to present the world premiere of Damien Chazelle’s new, highly awaited film,” declared the director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera. “It is a very personal, original and compelling piece of work, wonderfully unexpected within the context of present-day epic films, and a confirmation of the great talent of one of the most important contemporary directors of American cinema.”
“I am humbled by Venice’s invitation and am thrilled to return,” stated the director. “It feels especially poignant to share this news so close to the moon landing’s anniversary. I eagerly look forward to bringing the film to the festival.”
Produced by Universal Pictures, First Man will premiere on Wednesday 29 August in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido.
(Translated from Italian)
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