Shrunken Matt Damon opens 74th Venice film festival

Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing”, a satire about shrinking humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population and global warming, opened the Venice film festival on Wednesday.

Venice film festival, Shrunken Matt Damon, fight global warming

Actor Matt Damon and his wife Luciana pose during a red carpet for the movie "Downsizing" at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy August 30, 2017.


It kicked off days of screenings, parties and red carpet glamor at the world’s oldest film fest on the historic lagoon city’s Lido island.

The movie, starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, tells the story of financially-strapped occupational therapist Paul Safranek and his wife Audrey who decide to be downsized - a process that is irreversible - so they can be part of the affluent “small community” where money goes a lot further.

Safranek is attracted by the idea of starting over, leaving problems behind and doing one’s bit for the planet in the process.

But unlike the noble intentions that drove scientists to find a way to fight global warming, most of the people who sign up for the irreversible procedure are lured by the promise of being able to multiply their possessions and afford luxuries - from villas to diamond necklaces - they could normally only dream of.

Soon Leisureland - the glass-covered downsized community where Safranek and his wife decide to move - turns into a micro version of today’s society, where corruption, wealth-disparity and people like Dusan Mirkovic, a party boy and smuggler of counterfeit goods played by Christoph Waltz, thrive.

Damon said films were the best vehicle to help humans empathize with each other, adding that despite its apocalyptic tone, “Downsizing” ultimately is an optimistic movie.

Source: Reuters

Venice film festival, Shrunken Matt Damon, fight global warming
 
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