By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Christopher Plummer will star in Atom Egoyan’s “REMEMBER”

Director Atom Egoyan and Producer Robert Lantos reteam for this this emotionally charged contemporary thriller

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  – “Remember” is produced by Ari Lantos (producer of “Stage Fright,” “The Right Kind of Wrong”) and Robert Lantos (Producer of Academy Award® and Golden Globe Nominated “Barney’s Version,” “Eastern Promises”).  Academy Award® Nominated and Cannes Grand Prix Winner Atom Egoyan (“The Captive,” “The Sweet Hereafter”) will direct.  This is Robert Lantos and Egoyan’s 8th collaboration, their previous films include “Where The Truth Lies,”  “Ararat”  and  “The Sweet Hereafter.”  Executive Producers are Mark Musselman ( “Barney’s Version,” “Being Julia”) and Anant Singh (“Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom,” “Yesterday”). “Remember” is an original screenplay written by Benjamin August. Principal photography starts on July 14th on location in Toronto.

Academy Award® Winner Christopher Plummer (“Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo,” “Beginners,”), is set to star in the leading role. Plummer will be supported by Academy Award® Winner Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”), Bruno Ganz, (“Downfall”), Heinz Lieven, (“This Must Be The Place”) and Günter Lamprecht (“Das Boot”).

“Remember” is a unique and compelling thriller in which the darkest chapter of modern history collides with a contemporary mission of revenge.

“I am looking forward immensely to be working once again with Atom Egoyan and Robert Lantos – this time, on a story which promises to be at once shocking, arresting and powerful beyond measure,” said Christopher Plummer

“I’m very excited to work with Robert on our eighth project together. Ben August has written a complex and riveting story told with great emotional clarity.  Christopher Plummer is one of the finest actors in the world, and this will be a crowning performance,” said Atom Egoyan.

“I am looking forward to working with Atom again on this remarkable story. Our collaboration over the past 25 years has been one of the most rewarding creative partnerships of my career,”  said producer Robert Lantos.

“I am delighted that we are able to collaborate with two long-time friends Stuart Ford and Robert Lantos on ‘Remember,'” said Executive Producer Anant Singh.  “Atom Egoyan is a Director that I have long admired and also distributed his films in South Africa and I am thrilled that he is helming this exceptional project,” he added.

Director Atom Egoyan has won prestigious international awards including the Grand Prix, The International Critics Prize and Ecumenical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for “The Sweet Hereafter” for which he also received two Academy Award® nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Previously in Cannes,  Egoyan won The International Critics Prize for “Exotica” and later the Ecumenical Prize for “Adoration.”

“Remember” is produced by Serendipity Point Films in association with Distant Horizon, Detalle, Telefilm Canada and Egoli Tossell. Other executive producers include: Moises Cosio, Jeff Sagansky, Mike Porter, Larry Guterman and D. Matt Geller.  Jens Meurer will coproduce.

“Remember” will be distributed by Entertainment One in Canada, ARP in France and Videovision Entertainment in South Africa.

Leading film financing, sales and distribution company IM Global will handle international sales excluding North America and will be launching sales on the film in Cannes.

“We were blown away by Benjamin August’s taut, twisting screenplay. We think ‘Remember’ will mark another critical and commercial high-point in Atom Egoyan’s storied career and we’re confident that distributors are going to respond well to the package in Cannes,” said Stuart Ford, CEO,  IM Global.

Serendipity Point Films credits include Academy Award® Nominated and Golden Globe Winners “Barney’s Version,” “Eastern Promises,” “Being Julia” and “Sunshine.” For more information, please visit  www.serendipitypoint.com

Egoli Tossell Film is a Berlin-based independent production company founded in 2001 by producers Jens Meurer and Judy Tossell. Recent productions include John Baird’s “Filth” starring James McAvoy and Ron Howard’s “Rush.” Upcoming releases include Peter Chelsom’s “Hector & The Search for Happiness” starring Simon Pegg and the action adventure film “Big Game” starring Samuel L. Jackson.

 

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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook