Alexander Payne’s Downsizing to be the opening film of the Venice Film Festival
by Vittoria Scarpa
- The new movie by the director of Nebraska, starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, will be world-premiered at Venice on Wednesday 30 August, in competition
Downsizing by US filmmaker Alexander Payne will be the opening film of the 74th Venice Film Festival (30 August-9 September 2017), in competition. The new movie by the director of Sideways, The Descendants and Nebraska, starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Kristen Wiig, will be world-premiered on Wednesday 30 August in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema on the Venice Lido.
Written by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Downsizing follows the adventures of Paul Safranek (Damon), an everyman from Omaha who, along with his wife, Audrey (Wiig), dreams of a better life. As the world faces an overpopulation crisis, scientists develop a radical solution that can shrink humans to five inches tall. People soon discover how much further money goes in a smaller world, and with the promise of a lavish lifestyle beyond their wildest imaginations, Paul and Audrey decide to risk the controversial procedure and embark upon an adventure that will change their lives forever.
Downsizing is a production by Ad Hominem Production/Gran Via Productions; the DoP is Greece’s Phedon Papamichael (who was an Oscar nominee in 2014 for Nebraska).
(Translated from Italian)
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