Almost three years after the tragic and shocking passing of the uncommonly sensitive and prolific actor Anton Yelchin, a new documentary about his life and work offers an intimate window into this rare talent. Garret Price’s heartbreaking “Love, Antosha” features interviews with the actor’s parents, Irina and Viktor Yelchin, as well as many of his high-profile friends and collaborators. While his acting work is well known to many, Price highlights the lesser-known sides of Yelchin’s artistic process by exploring his photographic projects as well as scoring the film entirely with the actor’s original music. The newly released trailer also promises plenty of archival photos and video of the young actor, sure to move any fan to tears.
The official synopsis reads: “From a prolific career in film and television, Anton Yelchin left an indelible legacy as an actor. Through his journals and other writings, his photography, the original music he wrote, and interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues, this film looks not just at Anton’s impressive career, but at a broader portrait of the man. Born in the former Soviet Union to a family of artists, Anton and his parents came to the U.S. when he was six months old. He started acting at nine. He had a genuine curiosity and love for people, for art, and for family. And a willingness to explore, and be open with, the darker parts of himself. ‘Love, Antosha’ explores his successes and his struggles, and lets viewers get to know this extraordinary person the world was cheated from seeing grow old.”
Born in Leningrad, Russia in 1989, the world was stunned when Yelchin’s life was tragically cut short in a freak accident when he was just 27 years old. Best known for playing Chekov in three “Star Trek” movies, Yelchin was a successful child actor, starring in “Hearts in Atlantis,” “Charlie Bartlett,” and the Showtime series “Huff.”
“Love, Antosha” premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews. Critics praised the in-depth look at the exhaustive research and dedication that went into creating some of Yelchin’s most-defining roles, as well as his little-known lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis.
“Love, Antosha” opens in theaters in Los Angeles on August 2 and New York on August 9. Check out the trailer below.