A lyrical fantasy looks set to dominate the 74th Golden Globe awards later this month.
‘La La Land’ has seven nominations including best comedy or musical and best director.
The film is the third by the 31-year-old American director Damien Chazelle.“It’s about two people who are in LA, trying to make art and that was me, I moved to LA wanting to make movies, drawn to this dream factory of a city that I think it still is in many ways, and for a long time it seemed like those dreams would never come true.
‘You have to learn to balance dreams and reality a little bit. So, all that was very personal to me, I wanted to put that all into this movie but I wanted to do it through the prism of stuff that’s not necessarily realistic, stuff that is magical, fantastical, breaking into song, floating up into the stars,” explained the director.
The film, which stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in the lead roles, is about an aspiring actress and jazz musician falling in love while trying to succeed in Los Angeles. Many of the key musical sequences are shot in long single takes.
“Damien had hoped to shoot a lot of these big musical sequences in one take. Or one shot. A few shots at that but hopefully get it all in one, so we can give the audience the feeling of like you were watching a high-wire act or something, and that it could go south at any second,” said Ryan Gosling.
“ I feel lucky to be part of something that’s so cinematic and beautiful and original and nostalgic all at the same time. I thought it was really special,” added Emma Stone.