Saturday, October 20, 2007

first Francis Ford Coppola film in 10 years debuts

After a 10-year absence from the silver screen, US director Francis Ford Coppola returned Saturday with a world premiere of "Youth Without Youth," a philosophical musing on the myth of eternal youth.

Set in Bucharest on the eve of World War II, the film opens as linguistics professor Dominic Matei (Tim Roth), aged 70, is about to commit suicide when he gets struck by lightning.

Not only does he survive, but as he gets better he discovers that his body has become that of a 30-year-old and his mental capacity has increased tenfold.

To escape Nazi doctors who are fascinated by his case, he flees to Switzerland. For many long years afterward, under assumed names, Matei pursues his lifelong work on the origins of language.

The mystical, esoteric and at times fantasic "Youth Without Youth," shown out of competition at the second annual RomeFilmFest, pushes the viewer to reflect on how people spend their time.

"This film is really a fable story," Coppola told a news conference. "I didn't want to make a film that was inaccessible, but you must see it again, you get more the second time."

Adapted from a novel by Romanian writer and philosopher Mircea Eliade, "Youth Without Youth" was shot in Romania over 18 months.


source [Breitbart]

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