Italian director Paolo Sorrentino last explored the soul of an aging artist in the Oscar-winning “The Great Beauty,” and he’s back in similar territory with “Youth.” The film premiered to critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where leads Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel earned considerable praise for their powerful late career performances. “Youth” will stop at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening stateside on December 4.
The film’s official synopsis reads: “‘Youth’ explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred (Caine) has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz), Mick (Keitel) is intent on finishing the screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (Jane Fonda). And where will inspiration lead their younger friend Jimmy (Paul Dano), an actor grasping to make sense of his next performance? Set against a sprawling landscape of unforgettable sights and intoxicating music, ‘Youth’ asks if our most important and life-changing experiences can come at any time – even late – in life.”
With such esteemed talent involved, and now a gorgeous new trailer, “Youth” is certainly one of the most anticipated titles of the upcoming awards season.