September 22, 2005 Bucharest -- American Zoetrope, Ltd. announces production of a new film by Francis Ford Coppola, YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH, starring Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz and Marcel Iures. The film is written, produced and directed by Coppola, marking his return to personal filmmaking. The screenplay is adapted from a novella by legendary Romanian author Mircea Eliade. Principal photography begins in Europe October 3.
YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH stars Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Rob Roy,) as Dominic Matei, a professor whose life changes after a cataclysmic incident during the dark years prior to World War II. Becoming a fugitive, he is pursued through far-flung locations including Romania, Switzerland, Malta and India.
"I was excited to discover in this tale by Eliade, the key themes that I most hope to understand better: Time, consciousness and the dream- like basis of reality,” said Coppola. “For me it is indeed a return to the ambitions I had for my work in cinema as a student."
The film also stars Alexandra Maria Lara (Downfall, The Tunnel), Bruno Ganz (Downfall, The American Friend, Nosferatu), Marcel Iures (Peacemaker, Hart’s War) and introduces Alexandra Pirici. The music will be composed by one of today's most exciting classical composers, Osvaldo Golijov. Executive producers are Fred Roos and Anahid Nazarian .
The director of photography is Mihai Malaimare Jr. with production design by Calin Papura. Academy Award® winner Peter King and his team from the U.K. are designing and executing the special make up effects and hairstyles; Gloria Papura has created period costumes ranging from 1894 to 1969.
American Zoetrope has been a leader in innovation and discovery of new talent ever since its inception in 1969 and has produced some of the most important films in American cinema, including AMERICAN GRAFFITI, THE GODFATHER, part II, THE BLACK STALLION, THE CONVERSATION, APOCALYPSE NOW, KOYAANISQATSI and most recently LOST IN TRANSLATION, KINSEY and the forthcoming MARIE-ANTOINETTE and THE GOOD SHEPHERD.
Zoetrope-produced films have received sixteen Academy Awards; seventy nominations with four included in the American Film Institute's top 100 American films of all time.