First Man Will Open the 2018 Venice Film Festival

Looks like First Man will be having an impact on the awards season.

We’re about a month and a half away from the beginning of Oscar season, so pretty soon it’ll be time to discuss which films have the buzz and the clout to be this year’s Oscar frontrunners. Without a doubt one of the more anticipated and looked-upon films this year will be Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to La La Land, First Man, which has just been selected to open the 2018 Venice Film Festival.

First Man is a biopic about Neil Armstrong. For you millennials out there, that’s the first man who walked on the moon. The first trailer was released about a month ago and it seems like all systems are go for the film, which stars Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Shea Wingham, Corey Stoll, and Jason Clarke.

Chazelle held the honor of having the 2016 Venice Film Festival open with another of his films, La La Land, and traditionally the opening film here at Venice will likely be a heavy-hitter come awards-season time. Another few recent examples of opening films at Venice include Downsizing, Everst, Birdman, Gravity, and The Ides of March.

Being the first film at the Venice Film Festival doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be the Oscar-favorite in a few months’ time, but it is a sign that we should expect some ‘for your consideration’ ads in the future. First Man will hit theaters October 12th.