"Elsa and Fred" is the story of two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it's never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in 'La Dolce Vita' at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred is a bit younger than Elsa and has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live -- be it more or less -- is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases. Fred surrenders to Elsa's frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is how Fred learns how to live. When he learns about Elsa's terminal illness, he decides to make her dream come true and takes Elsa to Rome to reenact with her the famous scene at the Fontana di Trevi.
Marcia Gay Harden
Directed By: Michael Radford
Written By: Michael Radford & Anna Pavignano, sobre original de Marcos Carnevale
Screenplay By: Michael Radford, Anna Pavignano, Michael Bell
Produced By: Cuatro Plus Films
Rob Weston, Angel Losada Moreno, Osvaldo Rios, Carsten Lorenz, Aaron Gilbert
Featured Guest: Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine’s illustrious career comprises more than 50 feature films highlighted by an Academy Award® win and six nominations, six Emmy® Awards nominations, seven Golden Globe® Awards – including the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award – and the title of international best-selling author. MacLaine was honored with the prestigious American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in June of 2012. In the Fall of 2011, she received France’s most prestigious cultural award, the Legion of Honor, presented by France’s Minister of Culture and Communication, Frederic Mitterrand, at the French Cinematheque.
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L-R) Isil Bagdadi, James DeFranco, Peter Travers and Mark Ehrenkranz
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L-R) Isil Bagdadi, Rob Reiner, Peter Travers and Mark Ehrenkranz attend the New York Film Critics Series Screening Of 'And So It Goes' at AMC Empire 25 theater in New York City.
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L-R) Isil Bagdadi, Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Peter Travers and Mark Ehrenkranz attend the New York Film Critics Series Screening Of 'What If' at AMC Empire 25 theater on July 8, 2014 in New York City.
NATIONAL PRE-RELEASE FILM SERIES WITH LIVE HD BROADCAST, STARS, PRODUCERS, DIRECTORS
Up until now, live talent has only been accessible to the public in New York, Los Angeles and at Festivals. Now everyone throughout the country can enjoy up close and personal moments from major movie stars, producers, writers and directors in the comfort of their own neighborhood theaters. Preview screenings have been offered before, but never with a live conversation component. This, in addition to a curated selection of films, will allow filmgoers to see the better independent movies before anyone else with exclusive insight into the production from the creators via LIVE, NATIONAL, HD BROADCAST in theaters throughout the US. Get the scoop before anyone else on brand new film before they are released. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy behind-the-scenes stories about Hollywood and Indie Cinema from some of the greats. Past Series highlights have included special appearances by: Woody Harrelson, Anne Heche, Frank Langella, Paul Sorvino, Danny Aiello, Alan Arkin , John Turturro, Steve Buscemi, Anne Meara, Aidan Quinn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sigourney Weaver, and many others.
Each movie in the Screening Series will be preceded by thrilling footage of New York City and live introduction by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone Magazine. Audiences will then see award winning films prior to their release followed by live-HD behind-the-scene footage with live Q&A between Travers, audiences and talent from the films. Each screening brings the energy and VIP nature of prestigious; live NYC screenings so that nationwide audiences may experience firsthand the stars and directors via HD broadcast.
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