After receiving substantial critical acclaim and stepping onto the awards trail at the recent Cannes Film Festival, Fox Searchlight has announced that ‘Youth’ will be released domestically on Friday December 4th, 2015.
This announcement from Fox Searchlight, which was the distributor of last years Best Picture winner Birdman, places Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’ directly in competition as an awards contender this coming season. Combined with Sorrentino’s awards history, taking home the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in February 2014 with the italian ‘The Great Beauty’. Director Paolo Sorrentino’s first English language feature film is expected to be a frontrunner this season and is expected to be taking the routine contender trail, stopping at least at one major film festival this fall possibly Venice, Telluride, Toronto or New York.
The story of ‘Youth’ centers around Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) and Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel), two old friends approaching their eighties as they are enjoying a vacation in a lovely hotel in the foothills of the Alps. Fred, a retired composer and conductor, has no intention of returning to his music career which he dropped a long time ago, while Mick, a director, is still working, hurrying to finish the screenplay of his latest film. Both friends know that their days are numbered and decide to face their future together. But unlike them, no one else seems worried about the passing of time.
While ‘Youth’ is set to face strong competition with amongst others The Hateful Eight, Crimson Peak, Bridge of Spies and Suffragette — all also coming into play later this year. The seemingly unanimous opinion towards ‘Youth’ at the Cannes Film Festival appears to be that while the feature is a competitor in all categories, the strongest aspects of ‘Youth’ appear to be both Michael Caine’s performance as Fred Ballinger and the supporting performances of Jane Fonda, Paul Dano and Rachel Weisz.
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Editor-in-Chief of Tastic Film Magazine James Rush.