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The Son

Venezia 79 Competition

Director:
Florian Zeller
Production:
See-Saw Films (Joanna Laurie, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman), Florian Zeller, Inthevoid Production (Christophe Spadone)
Running Time:
124’
Language:
English
Country:
UK
Main Cast:
Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath, Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Quarshie
Screenplay:
Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton
Cinematographer:
Ben Smithard
Editor:
Yorgos Lamprinos
Production Designer:
Simon Bowles
Costume Designer:
Lisa Duncan
Music:
Hans Zimmer
Sound:
Niv Adiri, David Lascelles

Synopsis

A drama that follows a family as it struggles to reunite after falling apart. The Son centers on Peter, whose hectic life with his infant and new partner Beth is upended when his ex-wife Kate appears with their son Nicholas, who is now a teenager. The young man has been missing from school for months and is troubled, distant, and angry. Peter strives to take care of Nicholas as he would have liked his own father to have taken care of him while juggling work, his and Beth’s new son, and the offer of his dream position in Washington. However, by reaching for the past to correct its mistakes, he loses sight of how to hold onto Nicholas in the present.

Director’s Statement

The Son is a film about guilt, family ties and ultimately—love. I had been wanting to direct it for several years. I was so determined to tell this story that I couldn’t have told any other story but this one—through this particular lens. It is partly inspired by emotions that I am familiar. I wanted to share these with an audience as I know that many people are dealing with mental illness and that there exists a shame and a stigma associated with these issues which can hinder necessary, and sometimes vital conversations.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Joanna Laurie, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman – See-Saw Films
3rd Floor 45 Folgate St
E1 6GL – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 2033016268
sj@see-saw-films.com
http://www.see-saw-films.com

PRODUCTION 2: Florian Zeller, Christophe Spadone – Inthevoid Production
171 Bd du Montparnasse
75006 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 7786066473
spadonec@gmail.com

WORLD SALES: Hugo Grumbar, Maite Villarino – Embankment Films
167-169 Great Portland Street, 5th Floor
W1W 5PF – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 2071834739
hg@embankmentfilms.com
http://www.embankmentfilms.com

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION 1: Andrea Leone – Leone Film Group S.p.A
Via Birmania, 74/76
00144 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 7786005306
Mob. +39 3456558907
al@leonefilmgroup.com

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION 2: Luigi Lonigro – 01 Distribution
Piazza Adriana 12
00193 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 0633179601
soniapisana.dichter@racinema.it
http://www.01distribution.it/

PRESS OFFICE: Hollie Pennington-Jones – Organic Publicity
The HKX Building, 3 Pancras Square
N1C 4AG – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 02037933800
theson@organic-publicity.com

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Valerio Roselli – Fosforo SRL
Via Nicolo Piccolomini, 1
00165 – Roma, Italia
Mob. +39 3357081956
valerio.roselli@fosforopress.com


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