58th TIFF: Greek Premiere

A small film of great caliber, which suggests an unbelievable scenario as the antidote to the world’s population burst: what would happen if some Norwegian scientists found a way to downsize the average human being? Alexander Payne, the expert of “small” narratives, focuses on the story of a couple that wishes to integrate into a society of miniature-people in an effort to raise its standard of living, and he enunciates a sardonic comment on the utopias dreamt by common men.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Alexander Payne
Script: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Cinematography: Phedon Papamichael
Editing: Kevin Tent
Sound: Greg Chapman
Actors: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig
Production: AD Hominem Productions Gran Via Productions
Producers: Mark Johnson, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Art Direction: Stefania Cella
Costumes: Wendy Chuck
Executive producer: Megan Ellison, Diana Pokorny, Jim Burke
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2017
Duration: 135΄
Distribution in Greece: UIP
Contact: Paramount Pictures

Alexander Payne

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, he earned his MFA in Film at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He made his feature film debut with Citizen Ruth (1996) and followed up with Election, which won Best Screenplay from the Writers’ Guild of America and the New York Film Critics Circle, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. About Schmidt premiered in competition at Cannes and opened the New York FF. Both Sideways (2004) and his latest film, The Descendants (2011), won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and were nominated for four others, including Best Picture and Best Director.


1996 Citizen Ruth
1999 Election
2002 About Schmidt
2004 Sideways
2011 The Descendants
2013 Nebraska
2017 Downsizing