Toronto-shot 'Downsizing' Gets Raves In Venice

Matt Damon’s made-in-Toronto movie Downsizing had its world premiere Wednesday at the Venice Film Festival — and by all accounts it’s a hit!

Alexander Payne’s comedy about people who are shrunk to five inches tall as part of a plan to combat global overpopulation will have its Canadian premiere at TIFF on Sept. 9.

Damon stars along with Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Laura Dean, Jason Sudeikis and Neil Patrick Harris.

Downsizing was filmed from April to July 2016 at Toronto’s Pinewood Studios and at locations around the city, including York University. (Additional filming took place in the U.S. and Norway.)

At The Guardian, Xan Brooks called Downsizing “a spry, nuanced, winningly digressive movie” as well as “gorgeous” and “giddy.”

Variety critic Owen Gleiberman said the movie should “prove to be a major draw at the box office and a leading awards contender.”

And, at The Hollywood Reporter, Todd McCarthy gushed: “Captivating, funny and possessed of a surprise-filled zig-zag structure that makes it impossible to anticipate where it's headed, this is a deeply humane film that, like the best Hollywood classics, feels both entirely of its moment and timeless.”

If you can’t see Downsizing at TIFF, it’ll open in theatres on Dec. 22.