Friday, April 19, 2024

Venice Film Festival Chooses Ryan Gosling-Damien Chazelle Neil Armstrong Story “First Man” as Opener


Oscar season has begun.

The Venice Film Festival has chosen Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” as its opener. The film reunites Chazelle with Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man who walked on the moon.

“First Man” comes from Dreamworks/Universal and right now, without anyone seeing anything but a trailer, this film is the number 1 choice for Best Picture 2019. It follows in the footsteps of “Apollo 13,” another Best Picture. Plus Chazelle and Gosling were screwed over on “La La Land.”

Venice begins on August 29th, just as Telluride is starting, and a week before the Toronto Film Festival. We still have no news on those festivals, but the New York Film Festival has chosen “Roma,” a Spanish languae film by the great Alfonso Cuaron as its centerpiece film in October.

More announcements are coming, and fast. Can you believe we’re going to play this game one more time? Oh, yes, soup to nuts, and I mean nuts, here we go !


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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