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Matt Damon starrer 'Downsizing' opens 74th Venice film festival

03:06 PM | 1 Sep, 2017
Matt Damon starrer 'Downsizing' opens 74th Venice film festival
VENICE: Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing”, a satire about shrinking humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population and global warming, opened the Venice film festival on Wednesday.

It kicked off days of screenings, parties and red carpet glamor at the world’s oldest film fest on the historic lagoon city’s Lido island.

The movie, starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, tells the story of financially-strapped occupational therapist Paul Safranek and his wife Audrey who decide to be downsized – a process that is irreversible – so they can be part of the affluent “small community” where money goes a lot further.

Safranek is attracted by the idea of starting over, leaving problems behind and doing one’s bit for the planet in the process.

But unlike the noble intentions that drove scientists to find a way to fight global warming, most of the people who sign up for the irreversible procedure are lured by the promise of being able to multiply their possessions and afford luxuries – from villas to diamond necklaces – they could normally only dream of.

Soon Leisureland – the glass-covered downsized community where Safranek and his wife decide to move – turns into a micro version of today’s society, where corruption, wealth-disparity and people like Dusan Mirkovic, a party boy and smuggler of counterfeit goods played by Christoph Waltz, thrive.

Damon said films were the best vehicle to help humans empathize with each other, adding that despite its apocalyptic tone, “Downsizing” ultimately is an optimistic movie.

“At the end of the day there is the sense that we are all in this together … I feel that is a very hopeful message in what is a very divided world,” the 46-year-old American actor told journalists.

“Downsizing” is one of 21 U.S. and international features vying for Venice’s Golden Lion that will be awarded on Sept. 9.

The Venice festival is considered a launching pad for the film industry’s award season, having premiered Academy Award winners in its last four editions.

While “Downsizing” is set in America, Payne brings in characters from across the world to show how something like this phenomenon “would ripple around the world”, the director said.

This is a new foray for the Nebraska-born filmmaker, whose past features – including “Nebraska” and “About Schmidt” – primarily focused on America’s Midwest.

“Payne tackled some really big issues that humans are facing right now and the message was really boiled down to just living the moment, respect each other,” said Hollywood Reporter film critic Ariston Anderson.

All the while Payne created an environment “where everyone is just really uncomfortable”, Anderson added. “I watched it with terror throughout, it felt like a horror in disguise.”


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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 24 April 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.2 for buying and 296.2 for selling while British Pound hovers at 339.5 for buying, and 343 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.25. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.2 296.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 339.5 343
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.25 73.95
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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