LA LA LAND
Damien Chazelle. His debut, GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, was a loving ode to the city of New York, and to being young and in love; his follow-up feature, WHIPLASH, took audiences by storm with its intense take on a young drummer's self-destructively ambitious pursuit of music-making. Chazelle fully embraces the big-budget glamour of the classic Hollywood musical for his new film LA LA LAND, which, like many of the best musicals ever made, is also about Hollywood itself. Ryan Gosling is a principled and penniless jazz pianist whose life intersects with Emma Stone as a would-be starlet washed upon the shores of Tinseltown rejection. As they navigate the highs and lows of the "City of Stars" (referencing one of the film's catchiest songs), the beats of these two lonely hearts begin to sync as one.
Damien Chazelle is the director/writer of three feature films: GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH (AFI FEST 2008); WHIPLASH (2014), which won three Oscars®, including Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons; and this year's LA LA LAND, which won the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.