Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is sticking with ageing as a theme with his next film, paradoxically titled Youth, which received a standing ovation at Cannes and was promptly picked up by Fox Searchlight.
It sees Michael Caine play a retired composer called Fred who vacations in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge with his film director friend (Harvey Keitel).
Fred has no plans to return to composing despite a request from the Queen of England, while Mich is determined to finish a screenplay for what might be his leading lady and muse’s (Jane Fonda) last role.
Paul Dano and Rachel Weisz co-star in Youth, which will be released in cinemas on 4 December, 2015.
Outside of the festival’s acting winners, Venice cemented several films, actors and directors, as strong awards contenders for the season to come. Brendan Fraser moved many to tears for his portrayal of Charlie, a reclusive English teacher who weighs 600 pounds and is attempting to mend things with his estranged, cruel daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink) in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale.”
If standing ovation timers are any indication of reception, some of the most beloved of the festival were Andrew Domink’s “Blonde,” an evocative, semi fictional account of Marilyn Monroe’s life, starring Ana de Armas, and “The Banshees of Inisherin.” “Banshees” got a reported 13-minute standing ovation to “Blonde’s” 14 minutes—nearly double that of most other well-liked films.