Days after world premiering at the Woodstock Film Festival, Indiewire is pleased to exclusively premiere the poster for the documentary “The Longest Game,” from filmmaker Camille Thoman who’s current feature thriller, “You Were Never Here,” is being produced by Zachary Quinto, Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson’s production company Before the Door Pictures (“All Is Lost,” “Margin Call”).
Here’s the official synopsis:
Meet Hal, 87; Charlie, 87 and Maurie, 87. Three of a group of “elderly gentlemen” who gather every day at one p.m. in the village of Dorset, Vermont to play a game called paddle tennis. They have been playing together for years. “The Longest Game” explores the menʼs stories, their friendship, the secret to their vibrancy and humor. A lyrical visual poem, “The Longest Game” takes on the fleeting ‘game’ of life that is played by us all in the face of inevitable mortality.
And here’s an exclusive statement from director Camille Thoman on why she made the film:
I met the “one clock players” one day several years ago when my mother, who has a home in Dorset VT (where the film is set), invited me to play ‘paddle tennis,’ which at the time I took to be ping-pong. It was about one p.m., and we ran into the “one o’clock players.” I immediately fell in love with their humor, vigor and charm. One thing very appealing about spending time around octogenarians is that they have a different perspective on life. The structures they have lived within– building jobs, social profiles, relationships, homes, wealth– have started to fall away, and their sense of what really matters in life—love, family–becomes more elemental. I knew very early on that I was making a film that would be anchored by this wonderful group of old men, but would be exploring the relationship between these arbitrary, artificial “structures” that separate us all as human beings, and the vast, universal forces that connect us on an underlying level. In building the film’s structure, I mirrored this idea of a central “structure” that gently, though purposely falls away, revealing something personal and visceral at its core.
Here’s the film’s poster. And embedded below is the film’s touching trailer.