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Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ to Open Venice Film Festival in Competition

08.22.2016

ROME — U.S. director Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend and J.K. Simmons, will be the opening film of the 73rd Venice Film Festival.

“La La Land,” a tribute to the Golden Age of American musicals, will world-premiere in competition from Venice on Aug. 31. The festival runs through Sept. 10.

Chazelle’s “Whiplash” won three Oscars in 2015, including a Best Supporting Actor statuette for Simmons.

In “La La Land” Gosling plays a jazz pianist, Emma Stone an aspiring actress. The pair fall in love but face difficulties as they become more successful. Chazelle directed from his own script.

The film is produced by Lionsgate in partnership with Black Label Media, Gilbert Films, Impostor Pictures, Marc Platt Productions. It will be released in the U.S. by Lionsgate on Dec. 2 in limited release and then expand wide on December 16.

 

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