Italy

Synopsis

Virgil Oldman is a solitary, cultured man whose reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is matched only by the dogged obsessiveness with which he practices his profession of an antique dealer. He's never been close to another human being, not even Robert, his only friend - a young, skilful restorer of mechanical devices from every era. The day he turns sixty-three, Virgil receives a phone call from a young woman who asks him to handle the disposal of some family works of art. But when the time comes for his first site visit, the girl fails to appear, nor, for various reasons, is she present for the taking of the inventory or for the transportation and restoration of the pieces. More than once Virgil is tempted to bow out of what appears to be nothing but a bothersome mess, but on each occasion, the mysterious young woman, locked in her own obsessional world, convinces him to continue. And with this, the old antique dealer's life begins to take an unexpected turn. It is Robert who shows him, step-by-step, how to win the heart of a young woman who is afraid of the world and, caught in the middle of this puzzling game of chess, Virgil soon finds himself enveloped by a passion that will transform his grey existence forever. lamiglioreoffertailfilm.it

Synopsis

Virgil Oldman is a solitary, cultured man whose reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is matched only by the dogged obsessiveness with which he practices his profession of an antique dealer. He's never been close to another human being, not even Robert, his only friend - a young, skilful restorer of mechanical devices from every era.The day he turns sixty-three, Virgil receives a phone call from a young woman who asks him to handle the disposal of some family works of art. But when the time comes for his first site visit, the girl fails to appear, nor, for various reasons, is she present for the taking of the inventory or for the transportation and restoration of the pieces. More than once Virgil is tempted to bow out of what appears to be nothing but a bothersome mess, but on each occasion, the mysterious young woman, locked in her own obsessional world, convinces him to continue. And with this, the old antique dealer's life begins to take an unexpected turn. It is Robert who shows him, step-by-step, how to win the heart of a young woman who is afraid of the world and, caught in the middle of this puzzling game of chess, Virgil soon finds himself enveloped by a passion that will transform his grey existence forever. lamiglioreoffertailfilm.it

Directors Statement

The plot of the movie has a very simple narrative pattern: It's a love story that follows the thriller weaving without being a thriller - there are no murders, no killed people, no police, no investigators. The protagonist is an accomplished and highly esteemed auctioneer, an art connoisseur with a very complex personality. He is called by a young woman who entrusts him with the sale of the furniture and the paintings of her ancient villa. It will slowly become a very complex relationship that will bring our character to a total overturn of his personality, his way of relating to life, to the world and to other people.
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore

Written by: Giuseppe Tornatore

Produced by: Isabella Cocuzza, Arturo Paglia

Cinematography: Fabio Zamarion

Editing: Massimo Quaglia

Production Design: Maurizio Sabatini, Raffaella Giovannetti

Costume Design: Maurizio Millenotti

Original Score: Ennio Morricone

Sound: Gilberto Martinelli

Main Cast: Sylvia Hoeks, Donald Sutherland, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess

Nominations and Awards

  • European Composer 2013
  • European Film 2013
  • European Director 2013
  • European Screenwriter 2013
  • EFA Feature Film Selection 2013