Alexander Payne’s new movie “Downsizing,” starring Matt Damon, opened the 74th Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2017.
Payne, the director of “Sideways” and “Nebraska,” has changed direction with a science fiction theme focused on the solution to overpopulation.
From the press release: “Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.”
Starring: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Kristen Wiig. Written by: Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor.
Produced by: Mark Johnson, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor.
“Downsizing” opens in theaters December 22.