Chazelle’s ‘First Man’ to Kick Off the 75th Venice Film Festival


The last week has begun the rollout of the Fall festival news. “Widows,” kicked off the fun after the announcement it would open the London Film Festival. This week, we’ve already received NYFF’s centerpiece selection with Alfonso Cuarón’s “ROMA” coming from Netflix. Both are highly anticipated films that are getting prime locations to shine. Late yesterday, another festival announced it’s opening night film. With the Venice Film Festival continuing to gain steam, it only makes sense that Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle‘s latest collaboration, “First Man,” will open the festival.

According to the Venice Film Festival’s website, “First Man” has officially taken the opening night slot. The Universal film will also screen in competition to begin it’s official Oscar push. “First Man” is written and directed by Chazelle and is based on the book by James R. Hasen. It chronicles the life of Neil Armstrong (Gosling) as part of the Apollo missions and America’s race to the moon. It will stress the physical and emotional toll the journey took on him and his family, including his wife Janet (Claire Foy).

Chazelle and Gosling are no strangers to opening a film in Venice. “La La Land” began to build the positive buzz that led it to become an early Best Picture frontrunner at Venice. Expect other prestige projects to join “First Man” at the festival. Rumors are swirling that “ROMA” will make its debut here before New York Film Festival. There’s also a chance we see “Peterloo” from Mike Leigh and Luca Guadagnino’s take on “Suspiria.” If true, it’s looking like Venice will be quiet the event this time out.

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“First Man” will open the Venice Film Festival on August 29th, 2018. It opens in theaters on October 12th, 2018. Universal Studios will distribute the film.