SPC claims Coppola's 'Youth'

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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American distribution rights to Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth," the director's first film since 1997's "The Rainmaker." A late fall release is planned.

Coppola wrote, directed, and produced the film, adapting the screenplay from a novella by Romanian author Mircea Eliade. A parable set in World War II, the film stars Tim Roth as Dominic Matei, an elderly professor whose mysterious rejuvenation heightens his intelligence and whose apparent immortality makes him a target for the Nazis. "It is a love story wrapped in a mystery," Coppola said.

The film also stars Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, Andre M. Hennicke, Marcel Iures and introduces Alexandra Pirici.

The independently produced project was shot in Romania over 18 months. Walter Murch joined Coppola there to edit the film.

Said Coppola: "The story revolves around the key themes that I most hope to understand better: time, consciousness and the dreamlike basis of reality."

Added SPC co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard: " 'Youth Without Youth' is what we call a full meal, satisfying in all departments. It is personal, sweeping and entertaining. It is unlike anything we've seen before. It is the kind of innovative movie we've come to appreciate from new, successful independent filmmakers while at the same time possessing a mastery of story, sound and visuals that you can only get from a Francis Coppola movie."

Anahid Nazarian and Fred Roos are executive producers. Mihai Malaimare Jr. served as director of photography, with production design by Calin Papura and costume design by Gloria Papura. Peter King and Jeremy Woodhead designed and executed the special makeup effects and hairstyles. Roman Coppola, the helmer's son, directed the second unit. The music was composed by Osvaldo Golijov.

The film is a Euro-treaty co-production of SRG Atelier, Pricel and BIM Distribuzione and is presented by American Zoetrope.
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