Great news about Downsizing:
The film, directed by Alexander Payne, will be released by Paramount in December.
Alexander Payne’s Downsizing has been selected to open the Venice Film Festival, which runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9.
The satire, written by Payne and his frequent collaborator Jim Taylor, stars Matt Damon as a man who decides to shrink himself in order to find a better life. The cast also includes Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Laura Dern and Jason Sudeikis.
The Venice berth is a first for Payne, whose films have played Cannes, Telluride, Toronto and Sundance, but not the Italian fest, where Downsizing’s opening-night slot should position it for high-profile awards-season bid.
Paramount plans to release the film Dec. 22. The studio recently showed off footage from the film at the annual CineEurope international exhibitors convention in Barcelona.
Last Sunday, Matt and his wife Luciana attended the 89th Academy Awards, where Manchester By The Sea, a movie Matt produced, was nominated. The movie received the awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor.
Here are photos from the Red Carpet, the Show and Backstage.
On Saturday, Matt and his wife Luciana attended the Film Independent Spirit Awards, here are some pictures:
On Friday, the Academy hosted a Reception for the Foreign Language Directors, which Matt attended. Here are photos:
On Friday, Matt joined John Krasinski, along with Emily Blunt, Ben Affleck, Margo Martindale, Daveed Diggs, Tom McCarthy and Keegan Michael-Key for a live read of Good Will Hunting. Here are photos from the event:
Matt Damon is at the New York Comic Con today promoting The Great Wall, and a new trailer has been released: