REMEMBER featuring Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer and directed by Atom Egoyan at TIFF 2015
Christopher Plummer is out for revenge in Atom Egoyan’s new thriller “Remember.” The film had its North American premiere at Roy Thomson Hall Saturday during the 40th Toronto International Film Festival.
Produced by Robert Lantos, an icon of Canadian filmmaking, “Remember” is a sad, tender story about an elderly man who summons what energy and resources he has left to execute a defining act of vengeance. It had its world premiere September 10 during the Venice Film Festival and was in competition for its top prize, the prestigious Golden Lion.
Production notes reveal Lantos committed to the project after reading the script by novice screenwriter Benjamin August, hoping he could cast Plummer in the leading role. “The hero is 90 years old. There are not a lot of actors in that age range that can carry a feature film on their shoulders. As I was reading the script I knew exactly who could and who should play it.”
Plummer indeed carries the film in his portrayal of Zev Guttman, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor who, from inside his current-day nursing home, makes plans for retaliation against the Nazi guard who murdered his family decades earlier. Despite his dementia, Zev embarks on a cross-continent road trip to track down the equally-elderly war criminal who is living under an assumed identity.
“Remember” is schedule for theatrical release October 23, 2015. The Toronto International Film Festival continues until September 20.