“Fear of Falling,” the latest by Jonathan Demme, will make its world premiere this fall at the 8th annual Rome Film Festival (November 8-17). Adapted from 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s “The Master Builder,” the film is written by stage scribe and actor Wallace Shawn, who plays the leading role.
“Fear of Falling” costars Andre Gregory, with whom Shawn has been an artistic partner for over 40 years (see them together as co-writers and onscreen in Louis Malle’s wonderful 1981 “My Dinner with Andre”). Julie Hagerty, Larry Pine and Lisa Joyce also star in “Fear of Falling,” Demme’s first theatrical film since 2008’s “Rachel Getting Married.” That film nabbed lead actress Anne Hathaway an Oscar nom.
Since then, Demme has directed TV episodes for such series as HBO’s “Enlightened” and AMC’s “The Killing,” among other projects. He won the Best Director Oscar in 1992 for “The Silence of the Lambs.”
“Fear of Falling” is produced by frequent Demme collaborator Rocco Caruso, and it reunites the director with cinematographer Declan Quinn, DP on “Rachel Getting Married” and also on another film starring Wallace Shawn, Louis Malle’s 1994 Chekhov adaptation “Vanya on 42nd Street.”