'La La Land' to Open Whistler Film Festival

La La Land - still 3 -VFF- H 2016
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The ski movie 'Shades of Winter: Between' will close the 16th edition of the West Coast resort festival.

La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, will open this year's Whistler Film Festival, which is set to run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, organizers said Tuesday.

The Canadian screening follows the Damien Chazelle-directed original musical nabbing the top audience award at the Toronto Film Festival. Garth Davis' Lion, the runner-up for Toronto's People's Choice award, will also screen at Whistler.

In addition, director John Madden is set to attend the fest's Canadian premiere of his Jessica Chastain-starrer Miss Sloane, which shot in Toronto. And Alan Thicke will be on hand to introduce his latest movie, It's My Fault and I Don't Care Anyway, in which he plays a narcissistic self-help guru.

Also booked for Whistler is Mike Mills' 20th Century Women, starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning; Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, starring Brie Larson; Ned Crowley's Middle Man; and Aaron Harvey's Last Days of Summer, starring William Fichtner.

The Borsos competition of Canadian films includes Ken Finkleman's political satire An American Dream: The Education of William Bowman, Chris Scheuerman's Lost Solace, John Barnard's Menorca and The Space Between, by Amy Jo Johnson.

The Canadian premiere of Sandra Lahnsteiner's Shades of Winter: Between will close the festival.