SPC Purchases Coppola's 'Youth'
Tim Roth stars in the director's first film since 'The Rainmaker'
Coppola wrote, directed and produced "Youth," which comes from the novel by Romanian author Mircea Eliade and stars Tim Roth as an elderly professor who undergoes a mysterious rejuvenation and becomes a target for Nazis.
In the vein of more personal Coppola films like "The Rain People" and "The Conversation," "Youth" is described as "a love story wrapped in a mystery," by the Oscar-winning director.
"'Youth Without Youth' is what we call a full meal, satisfying in all departments," say SPC's Co-Presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. "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. The title says it all. We are thrilled to bring such a film to the American audience."
In addition to Roth, the film stars Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, Andre M. Hennicke, Marcel Iures, and introduces Alexandra Pirici. It's Coppola's first feature since his adaptation of John Grisham's "The Rainmaker."
"This film was conceived and completed independently," Coppola says in a statement. "It was made with a small team that worked intensively in Romania for a year and a half. The story revolves around the key themes that I most hope to understand better: time, consciousness, and the dream-like basis of reality. I consider Sony Classics the pre-eminent distributor of fine filmmaking."
"Youth Without Youth" is expected to be released this fall.