Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man’ To Open 2018 Venice Film Festival

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It took a few days longer than usual, but we finally have an opening night film for the 2018 Venice Film Festival. Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” will kick off the fall festival season on Wednesday, Aug. 29. It’s the Oscar winner’s second time opening Venice following “La La Land” in 2016.

The Universal Pictures release is also expected to play two other Chazelle mainstays, Telluride and Toronto, and a New York Film Festival screening isn’t out of the cards either.

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Other recent Venice openers besides “La La Land” include last year’s “Downsizing,” “Everest,” “Birdman,” “Gravity,” “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” “The Ides of March” and “Black Swan.” For those not calculating at home, just one film has won Best Picture and opened Venice this decade while four have been nominated. When you’re playing the awards game the latter are odds you’ll happily take.

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