Damien Chazelle's space race flick could follow La La Land's footsteps.

The festival season is right around the corner which means films like Suspiria and Roma will finally get their first wide audiences. Damien Chazelle, whose La La Land opened the Venice Film Festival in 2016 before finishing the awards season with a record-tying amount of Academy Award nominations, is set to bring his next film, First Man, to the fest as the opening night film.

For its 75th annual event, the Venice Film Festival is also eyeing the aforementioned films by Luca Guadagnino and Alfonso Cuaron, plus other high profile awards contenders like Felix Van Groeningen's Beautiful Boy, starring Timothée Chalamet.

Chazelle's First Man is a drama starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong. The trailer debuted to raves and the film is expected to be a heavy player in the upcoming awards season. Chazelle became the youngest ever winner of the Best Director prize at the Oscar for his La La Land. First Man tells the story of Armstrong and the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing mission. Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, and Corey Stoll co-star.

Other films hoping to make an appearance at the festival include Paul Greengrass's Norway, Mike Leigh's Peterloo, and Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born.

Cuaron's Roma will be showing as the centerpiece of the upcoming New York Film Festival. The NYFF opening and closing films have yet to be announced.

The full festival lineup should be announced soon. The Venice Film Festival is just one of the main kickoff stops of the awards season. The Toronto Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival will be taking place throughout the next few months as well.

This year's Venice Film Festival jury will be headed by recent Best Director Oscar winner, Guillermo Del Toro.

The 75th Venice Film Festival runs August 29 to September 8, 2018.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.