VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Downsizing

V' 17

Downsizing

Alexander Payne
USA, 2017
Fiction, 135min, OF

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Downsizing

Alexander Payne
USA, 2017
Fiction, 135min, OF

Actors: 
Matt Damon
Paul
Kristen Wiig
Audrey
Christoph Waltz
Dusan Mirkovic
Hong Chau
Ngoc Lan Tran
Udo Kier
Konrad
Screenplay: 
Alexander Payne
Jim Taylor
Camera: 
Phedon Papamichael
Editor: 
Kevin Tent
Composer: 
Rolfe Kent
Decoration: 
Stefania Cella
Costume: 
Wendy Chuck

Production: 
Paramount Pictures
World Sales: 
Paramount Pictures
Distribution in Austria: 
Constantin Film
Format: 
DCP
Color

DOWNSIZING unveils a new side of director Alexander Payne that’s at once playful, spectacular, mischievous and audacious. The movie, a comedy about groups of miniaturized humans who live in tiny villages, all to save an overpopulated planet, is an outrageously matter-of-fact science-fiction fairy tale – a kind of live-action pixar movie on acid. It’s “Honey, I Shrunk the Adults” made by a deadpan social satirist. Soon we see how downsizing gets turned into a marketing bonanza. To become small is to become rich. The idea starts to look more and more appealing to Paul Safranek, a mild-mannered therapist and his wife, Audrey, who yearns to move into a bigger home, which they can’t afford, thanks to the bank’s income-to-mortgage-payment ratios. Payne touches the double nerve of our current economic jitters – the combination of shrinking paychecks and raw envy. But the audience knows that downsizing has to be a Faustian bargain. (Owen Gleiberman)

In the presence of Christoph Waltz.