Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance" will alight on the
The black comedy, which stars Michael Keaton as a once-famous superhero actor who is struggling to mount a Broadway play, will screen Oct. 12, five days before it hits theaters.
"'Birdman' is a knockout," read a statement from festival director Kent Jones. "It's consistently surprising and inventive — you think the movie is going in one direction and then Inarritu shifts gears and takes you somewhere else completely unexpected."
Fittingly, "Birdman" was shot and is set in Gotham.
Last year's closing film,
David Fincher's murder-mystery thriller "Gone Girl" was announced earlier as this year's festival opener, and