Milwaukee Film Festival to open with a likely award winner. First in a series of previews.
The Milwaukee Film Festival kicks off on September 24th with an opening night film and party. This year’s opening selection is likely Academy Award nominee Youth starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. While the film is nearly sold out already, if you miss it don’t fret. There are still over 300 showings left over the remaining 14 days of the Milwaukee Film Festival. In addition, Youth is coming to select theaters in December 2015.
As we countdown to the opening of the festival, Urban Milwaukee will be running previews of the festival’s Spotlight presentations. The Spotlight films are designed to be widely accessible and crowd pleasing. If you’re only able to make one film throughout the festival (my condolences) a Spotlight showing is likely your best bet.
Milwaukee Film Says…
An early Oscar front-runner, YOUTH combines an amazing cast (Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, and Harvey Keitel) and director (Paolo Sorrentino, whose THE GREAT BEAUTY was the 2014 Foreign Language Oscar winner and 2013 Milwaukee Film Members-Only screening) for a deeply moving meditation on life and love. Filled with exquisite imagery, the film follows Fred (Caine), a retired longtime composer and conductor, who brings along his daughter (Weisz) and best friend, renowned filmmaker, Mick (Keitel) who is working on his last screenplay, for a brief sojourn in the Swiss Alps. As they reflect on their shared past, the men realize some of the most formative experiences can come later in life. Caine and Keitel give two of their finest performances. Admission to this film INCLUDES free admission to the Opening Night Party!
Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children’s confused lives, Mick’s enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again.
Rotten Tomatoes Says…
- Tomatometer: 86%
- Average Rating: 7.8/10
- Average User Rating: 3.7/5
Youth is the first film ever picked up by Fox Searchlight Pictures at the world famous Cannes Film Festival.
- Thursday, September 24th, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. – Oriental Theatre