Iñárritu's 'Birdman' Set to Open Venice, Close New York Film Festivals
Get ready for the fall premiere of Birdman. Fox Searchlight has confirmed and announced that Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman will be the Closing Night film at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival, coming up from September 26th to October 12th. It was already announced a few weeks ago as the opening night film of the Venice Film Festival, kicking off on August 27th coming up very soon. This means Birdman is likely going to play at a number of big prestige festivals, these two include and perhaps Telluride/Toronto, before it goes on to become a smash Broadway success in cinemas. I'm so excited for it.
A few weeks ago we featured the first teaser trailer, and followed that up with a set visit report focused on cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Now, of course, it's Michael Keaton who gets some of the praise in one of the quotes in the press release from The Film Society of Lincoln Center. The black comedy stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. This marks Iñárritu’s third time at the festival, having previously screened Amores Perros (2000) and 21 Grams (2003) at NYFF. Sounds like a great place to feature his latest film playing across the festival circuit.
Here's the quote from Kent Jones, Director of the New York Film Fest, that will make you anxious to see it:
"Birdman is a knockout. It's consistently surprising and inventive – you think the movie is going in one direction and then Iñárritu shifts gears and takes you somewhere else completely unexpected: the movie is like an intricate machine generating greater and greater amounts of beautiful radiant energy. The entire cast is amazing and they mesh perfectly, but I have to say that Michael Keaton is astonishing. He's always been a terrific and, in my opinion, underrated actor. Here he gets the role he deserves, and he makes the most of it. And, it's a great Broadway movie."
If you haven't seen the first teaser yet, catch it here. Described as a "big, bold, and beautifully brash new movie, where one-time action hero Riggan Thomson, in an effort to be taken seriously as an artist, is staging his own adaptation of Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. As Thomson tries to get his perilous undertaking in shape for the opening, he has to cope with a resentful daughter (Emma Stone), a scene-hogging narcissist (Edward Norton), a vulnerable actress (Naomi Watts) and an unhinged girlfriend (Andrea Riseborough)." The film will get its premiere as the closer of the New York Film Festival on October 12th, a few days before it opens in select theaters. One of my most anticipated films this year.
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who co-wrote the script with Nicolás Giacobone & Armando Bo (Biutiful) and newcomer Alexander Dinelaris. The film tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton), famous for portraying an iconic superhero, as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. Also starring Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Fox Searchlight will release the film limited on October 17th.