Film News: ‘La La Land’ is Opening Night Film of 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

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CHICAGO – The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, October 13th, 2016, with the highly anticipated film, ‘La La Land.’ The modern day musical, directed by Damian Chazelle (“Whiplash”) features Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as two star crossed lovers. will offer coverage throughout the next two weeks, including previews of films throughout the festival by Editorial Coordinator Patrick McDonald and Film Writer Jon Espino. For a PDF connection to the complete schedule, click here.


Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land,’ Opening the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival
Photo credit: Lionsgate

This luxurious musical revives the form by going back to what makes bursting-into-song great. From the opening number that takes place on a Los Angeles Freeway (naturally) to the enthralling conclusion, “La La Land” is a magical homage to the past, as well as a modern statement on this particular brand of movie entertainment. This is part of the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival’s “Spotlight on Musicals!” series, and it is a perfect compliment to the glamour and anticipation of Opening Night.

The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 13th to October 27th, 2016. Click here for film schedules, information and to purchase tickets. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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