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(2017)

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A memorable scene from the trailer does not appear in the final film: A group of down-sized people are drinking from a life-sized bottle of Vodka, which in the "small" world would hold the comparative volume of hundreds of gallons.
Pre-Production began in 2009, but the project was put in a turn-around when Alexander Payne decided to put it on hold to focus on The Descendants, then later, Nebraska.
" Downsizing " was Alexander Payne's most expensive project to date costing somewhere between $65m and $90m. In it's opening weekend, it took less than $9m at the US box-office.
This is the first film, since Citizen Ruth, that Alexander Payne has written that is not based on a book.
Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Giamatti, and Sacha Baron Cohen were all previously attached to this movie.
The village was filmed in Kelso Quarry Park in Milton, Ontario, Canada.
Alexander Payne had originally wanted Paul Giamatti to play the Matt Damon role.
First English film of Rolf Lassgård.
Was filmed at Alexander Payne's high school alma mater, Creighton Prep in Omaha, Nebraska.
Kristen Wiig replaced Reese Witherspoon in the lead role, preventing the reunion of Witherspoon and director Payne (they have collaborated on Election (1999))
The building which houses the scientific conference at the beginning of the movie is actually the Aga Khan Museum, located in Toronto, Canada
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Downsizing premiered at the 74th Venice International Film Festival on August 30, 2017. It was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2017, while Chau has earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.
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Damon's father passed away on the same day the film opened in the U.S.
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This is Alexander Panye's and Jim Taylor's fifth writing collaboration following Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002) and Sideways (2004).
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Received a "C" CinemaScore.
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Second collaboration between Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig after The Martian (2015).
Dr. Jorgen Asbjornson's name is a tribute to Norwegian culture. Jorgen Moe & Peter Christen Asbjornson were pioneering folklorists in the nineteenth century.
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This film marks Alexander Panye and Phedon Papamichael's fourth time working together after Nebraska (2013), The Decendants (2011) and Sideways (2004).
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Gala screening on the 14th Edition of Dubai International Film Festival. It was screened on 12th December 2017, with a video message from the Director. He stated that all his films from The Descendants, were present at the DIFF.
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Second collaboration between Christoph Waltz and Jason Sudeikis after Horrible Bosses 2 (2014).
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Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz previously co-starred in The Zero Theroem.
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Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig also appeared in Masterminds (2016) and Saturday Night Live (1975 TV Series).
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Was filmed in a real Omaha Steaks production facility, using actual employees as extras.
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During filming in Lofoten, Norway, the crew rented a Flotel (a floating hotel) to house the 160 people working on the film.
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Director Alexander Payne and Editor Kevin Tent previously work on Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), The Descendants (2011) and Nebraska (2013).
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Matt Damon and Phedon Papamichael both worked on The Monuments Men (2014).
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Downsizing premiered at the 74th Venice International Film Festival on August 30, 2017.
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It was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2017, while Chau earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The trailer for the film creates the false impression that Paul is distraught with his call center job at Land's End, and that this is one of the reasons for his decision to downsize. But in the final film, he actually doesn't take this job until after downsizing, following the divorce. Likewise, a scene of Audrey selling shoes from the trailer that leads to her being similarly distraught does not appear in the final film at all.
A trailer scene depicts a vodka bottle on its side with a spigot. Although the final film shows delivery of similar bottles of vodka, it does not show a bottle with a spigot or anyone consuming from the large bottles.
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In the trailers there's a scene where Matt Damon is surprised to see a large bottle of vodka being shared with a line of people filling buckets. This scene is not in the film.
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