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DAMIEN CHAZELLE

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BABYLON (2023)
Starring Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Li Jun Li, Jovan Adepo and Diego Calva. Directed by Damien Chazelle.
FIRST MAN (2018)
Starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Shea Whigham, Christopher Abbott, Brian D'arcy James, Pablo Schreiber and Patrick Fugit. Directed by Damien Chazelle.

The riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969.

REVIEWS First Man - An incredible and deeply moving journey into the impossible

LA LA LAND (2016)
Starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Finn Wittrock, J.k. Simmons, Rosemarie Dewitt and John Legend. Directed by Damien Chazelle.

Set in the starry-eyed metropolis of Los Angeles, aspiring actress Mia and struggling jazz musician Sebastian fall in love, and before they know it, their hopes and dreams are intertwined in a fully-fledged romance. But just as the city brings them together, LA threatens to tear them apart. In the cut-throat world of entertainment, Mia and Sebastian struggle to forge their own identities, and soon discover the greatest challenge they face is balancing art and love.

REVIEWS La La Land - What to make of this musical dream?
La La Land - Utterly charming

WHIPLASH (2014)
Starring Miles Teller, J.k. Simmons and Melissa Benoist. Directed by Damien Chazelle.

Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability - and his sanity.

REVIEWS Whiplash - Perfection under pressure

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LA LA LAND (2016)
Starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Finn Wittrock, J.k. Simmons, Rosemarie Dewitt and John Legend. Directed by Damien Chazelle.

Set in the starry-eyed metropolis of Los Angeles, aspiring actress Mia and struggling jazz musician Sebastian fall in love, and before they know it, their hopes and dreams are intertwined in a fully-fledged romance. But just as the city brings them together, LA threatens to tear them apart. In the cut-throat world of entertainment, Mia and Sebastian struggle to forge their own identities, and soon discover the greatest challenge they face is balancing art and love.

REVIEWS La La Land - What to make of this musical dream?
La La Land - Utterly charming

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (2016)
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg.

REVIEWS 10 Cloverfield Lane - What lies beneath...

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FIRST MAN (2018)
Starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Shea Whigham, Christopher Abbott, Brian D'arcy James, Pablo Schreiber and Patrick Fugit. Directed by Damien Chazelle.

The riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969.

REVIEWS First Man - An incredible and deeply moving journey into the impossible

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