photograph courtesy La Biennale di Venezia
#Venice73 – Film Festival - Damien Chazelle - La La Land. Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. Written by Eirini.
Staring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling.
photograph courtesy La Biennale di Venezia –photo ASAC
“With La La Land, I wanted to tell that story using music, song and dance. I think the musical as a genre is a great vehicle for expressing that balancing act between dreams and reality…I wanted to do a love story and I also wanted to create a musical like the musicals that entranced me as a kid, but updated into something very modern. I wanted to explore how you use color, sets, costumes and all these very expressionistic elements of Old School movie making to tell a story that takes place in our times.”
Damien Chazelle - director
Damien Chazelle - La La Land
Contessanally – brave attempt for a 2016 musical – far too long - 6/10