If you’ve seen the bizarre trailer (see below) for Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Biutful) new film Birdman (also called BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), you know selecting it as the opening film at the Venice Film Festival is likely to set a tone.
After years of big budget, big effect, superhero movies, the Mexican director known for dark and moody drama’s with a surreal style promises to be interesting. Even better is the casting of superhero veterans Michael Keaton (Batman) and Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk) in lead roles in the black comedy about an actor known for playing a superhero who wants to mount a Broadway comeback while battling his alter ego. Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough and Merritt Weaver costar in the movie.
The film will play In Competition at Venice, premiering August 27th. Other films playing at Venice will be announced later this month.