36th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 25-29, 2023



(Main Cast) Kristen Wiig plays Audrey Safranek, Matt Damon plays Paul Safranek, Maribeth Monroe plays Carol Johnson and Jason Sudeikis plays Dave Johnson in Downsizing from Paramount Pictures.

A technological advance promises to reduce a person’s environmental impact and allow them to live a luxurious lifestyle with abundant resources. Downsizing is a medical procedure that miniaturizes humans to five-inch-tall versions of themselves. After much consideration, Paul and Aubrey Safranek opt for the irreversible operation and move to the miniature community of Leisureland so they can afford the lifestyle they want. They meet Ngoc Lan Tran, who was downsized by her government without her consent. A mixture of utopian science fiction, satire, and human drama, Alexander Payne’s vision offers a unique perspective on society dealing with the problems of overpopulation. Discussion with producer and VFF advisory board chair Mark Johnson, moderated by film critic Ann Hornaday (Washington Post

Presented by Bank of America

Please Note: There will be metal detectors and bag checks at the front of The Paramount for this event. Please plan to arrive 30-45 minutes early.


Thursday, November 9


7:00 PM


Downtown Mall : The Paramount Theater

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VAFF donors at the Extra level and above receive advance access to purchase VAFF tickets during our donor pre-sale window. Donors with pre-sale access have received an email with instructions on how to unlock their access. Public ticket sales begin at Noon on Oct. 6. Please visit Donor Benefits.

Film Info

Director: Alexander Payne

Runtime: 135 min.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Year: 2017

Country: USA

Featuring: Kristin Wiig, Matt Damon, Hong Chau, Christoph Waltz, Laura Dern, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris.