La La Land by Damien Chazelle to open the Venice Film Festival
by Camillo De Marco
- The director who shot to fame with Whiplash has chosen Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as the lead actors for his film that pays tribute to the golden age of American musicals
La La Land, written and directed by Damien Chazelle – the young director who made his breakthrough with Whiplash, which won three Oscars, one Golden Globe and three BAFTA Awards – is the opening film, in Competition, of the 73rd Venice Film Festival (31 August-10 September 2016). The film stars Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend and JK Simmons, who snagged the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Whiplash.
“La La Land is a surprising tribute to the golden age of American musicals, from An American in Paris by Vincent Minnelli to New York, New York by Martin Scorsese," declared Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera, just confirmed as director of Venice Film Festival for the next four-year term 2017-2020. “At the same time, it is a film that does not merely reinvent the musical genre; it gives it a brand-new start. 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.”
"We could not be more excited to share our movie with the audience in Venice," Damien Chazelle said.
La La Land will be screened as a world premiere on 31 August in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido in Venice. The US film was produced by Lionsgate in partnership with Black Label Media, Gilbert Films, Impostor Pictures and Marc Platt Productions. La La Land will be distributed in the USA by Lionsgate from 16 December 2016, in Italy by 01 Distribution (in conjunction with Leone Film Group), in Germany by StudioCanal and in the Netherlands by Independent Films.
(Translated from Italian)