‘Birdman’ will open the 71st Venice Film Festival


birdmanAfter skipping over the Cannes Film Festival, it’s been a bit of a wait to find out where Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman (or it’s apparent full title Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) would make its World Premiere. Well, today we have our answer as it’s been announced that the movie will open the Venice Film Festival this year. Starring Michael Keaton, this offbeat comedy could be a big time Oscar contender or a bit off from the Academy’s tastes…I suppose we’ll find out at the end of this month. You can see more below, and stay tuned for much more on Birdman

Here’s the story from The Hollywood Reporter:

Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu’s black comedy Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, starring Michael Keaton, will open the 71st Venice Film Festival at the end of August, organizers said Thursday.

The film, which also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and others, will have its world premiere in competition on Aug. 27.

The festival runs through Sept. 6.

Birdman is about an actor, portrayed by Keaton, who is famous for playing an iconic superhero. In the days leading up to the opening night for a Broadway play he is doing, he deals with ego issues and tries to save his family, career and himself.

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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