Ian McKellen received glowing reviews out of the Berlinale for playing an aged, retiring Sherlock in writer/director Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes.” Ahead of its UK premiere in June and US opening from Roadside Attractions and the reawakening Miramax on July 17, 2015, the film will play the SF International Film Festival on Saturday, April 25 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in Japantown as a Marquee Presentation.
This version of the story begins in 1947 when an aging Holmes (McKellen) returns from Japan, where he was seeking a restorative plant and witnessed the devastation of nuclear war. Settled at a remote seaside farm, Holmes tends to his bees in the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son (Milo Parker) with whom he becomes close–and who helps him revisit an unsolved case.
Bill Condon previously directed Ian McKellen as “Frankenstein” director James Whale in the Oscar-winning 1998 film “Gods and Monsters.” “Mr. Holmes” co-star Laura Linney starred in Condon’s “Kinsey.”
The full SFIFF lineup hits next Tuesday. Here are the films announced so far, including Sundance premieres “The End of the Tour” and “Experimenter,” and SXSW premiere “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.”