Fall Festival Starters

A couple of fresh announcements and a flurry of speculation are stoking anticipation for the upcoming fall festival season. Yesterday, Variety’s Kristopher Tapley broke the news —officially confirmed today—that Damien Chazelle’s First Man will open the seventy-fifth Venice International Film Festival on August 29. And the Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma will see its New York premiere in October as the Centerpiece presentation during the fifty-sixth New York Film Festival.

Based on James R. Hansen’s biography First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, Chazelle’s followup to La La Land, which opened Venice in 2016 before scoring fourteen Oscar nominations, stars Ryan Gosling as the most famous astronaut in the world. But as Chazelle told Tapley last year, his aim has been to think of this story not so much “as a biopic but as a mission movie, and to think of landing on the moon as this insane, once-in-history mission that I think we have a hard time even fathoming as a society now.” First Man will premiere in competition, and Venice will announce its full 2018 lineup on Wednesday morning in Rome.

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