La La Land


Century Larkspur Thu, Oct 6, 2016 7:30 PM
Please note: talent is not expected at this screening
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Special Screening
Running Time:126 min.
Director:Damien Chazelle
Producer:Fred Berger
Gary Gilbert
Jordan Horowitz
Marc Platt
Screenwriter:Damien Chazelle
Cinematographer:Linus Sandgren
Editor:Tom Cross
Cast:Ryan Gosling
Emma Stone
John Legend
Rosemarie DeWitt
J.K. Simmons
Finn Wittrock
Print Source:Summit Entertainment
Note Writer:Laura Henneman


OPENING NIGHT Everything you love about classic musicals gets a pitch-perfect update in the cinematic, colorful, and enormously enjoyable La La Land. Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress and playwright, slings coffee on the Warner Bros. lot between auditions. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling, infusing his character with just the right mix of romantic cynicism) is a jazz pianist, a purist lamenting the world’s indifference to his treasured art form. Though their first few meetings are rocky (they all but break into “Anything You Can Do” in their first number together), they have artistic passion in common, and the orbits of their lives intersect more and more as the SoCal “seasons” go by. Director Damien Chazelle’s follow up to Whiplash (MVFF 2014) is exquisitely designed and shot, with wonderful music and a clever script. With La La Land, Chazelle achieves what Sebastian strives for: preserving an artistic style by revising it just enough to make it fresh and new again.

Guests: Emma Stone, Damien Chazelle, Justin Hurwitz

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Opening Night Gala
9:00pm-Midnight | Live music by Ethan Tucker Band

2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur

Additional Information

Filmmaker Damien Chazelle [Director, Screenwriter] most recently wrote and directed the Oscar® winning Whiplash. Released in 2014 by Sony Pictures Classics, Whiplash received five Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Chazelle, and three wins, including Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons. His 2013 short, based on the Whiplash screenplay, won the Short Film Jury Prize at Sundance, and the following year the feature film took home both the Jury and Audience Awards from the festival. Previously, Chazelle wrote Magnolia Picture’s Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack and co-wrote Paramount’s hit thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, starring John Goodman. His screenplays for Whiplash and The Claim both appeared on the Blacklist.  Chazelle made his first feature film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, as an undergraduate at Harvard University. The critically acclaimed musical, was named “the Best First Feature of 2010” by L.A. Weekly and “easily the best first film in eons” by Time Out New York.