From romantic comedies to action films to documentaries, John Hazelton profiles forthcoming films that could cross over with older cinema-goers.
The Big Wedding (US)
Wedding-themed stories often attract multi-generational audiences and this comedy’s cast - Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried and Susan Sarandon - should bolster that appeal. De Niro and Keaton play a divorced couple who pretend to still be married at their adopted son’s wedding in order to please the guest of honour - his religious birth mother. Justin Zackham, writer of The Bucket List, wrote the script and directs. Lionsgate is set to release the film in the US in April and in the UK in May.
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Elsa & Fred (US)
This English-language remake of Marcos Carnevale’s 2005 Argentinian-Spanish romantic comedy relocates the story of a gregarious retiree and the widower who moves into her apartment building to New Orleans, with a side trip to Rome. Shirley MacLaine - hot from Downton Abbey - and Christopher Plummer - a 2012 Oscar winner for Beginners - star with a supporting cast that includes James Brolin and George Segal. Director Michael Radford recently wrapped in Louisiana.
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Last Vegas (US)
Hope Springs production company Mandate Pictures is behind this comedy about four friends in their late sixties who throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single. Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline star for director Jon Turteltaub in what could be an older, wiser take on The Hangover. Set for US release next Christmas by CBS Films.
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Love Is All You Need (Den)
Oscar winner Susanne Bier directs this romance - in Danish and English - that stars Pierce Brosnan as a widowed Englishman and Trine Dyrholm as a hairdresser recuperating from chemotherapy whose husband leaves her for a younger woman. The lives of the two bruised souls intertwine when they go to Italy for the wedding of his son to her daughter. A premiere at Venice last year, the film has already been released in some European markets, and is due in the UK in April (through Arrow Films) and in the US in May (Sony Pictures Classics).
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Director Alexander Payne has dealt with older characters before - notably in About Schmidt - and he recruited Bruce Dern to star in this drama about a booze-addled father who travels from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son (Will Forte) to claim a million dollar prize. Currently in production, the film is expected to open in the US through Paramount towards the end of the year, when it could become an awards contender.
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Red 2 (US)
DC Comics-based action comedy Red tapped into the older audience in 2010 and grossed nearly $200m worldwide. Summit Entertainment will hope to repeat the trick with the sequel, in which the team of retired CIA operatives takes on a new set of enemies across Europe. Returning stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker are joined in the sequel - set for US and UK release in August - by Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and David Thewlis.
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Song For Marion (UK)
Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp lead the cast of this London-set comedic drama, written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams (London To Brighton), about a grumpy pensioner who joins an unconventional local choir. The film is due to open in the UK on February 22 through eOne and in the US (under the title Unfinished Song) later this year through The Weinstein Company. The film premiered as the closing night film at Toronto.
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The Spirit Of ‘45 (UK)
Ken Loach’s The Spirit Of ‘45 may have a particular appeal: it uses archive film and contemporary interviews to celebrate the community spirit that shaped UK society after the Second World War. Produced by Fly Film and Sixteen Films with Film4 and Channel Four, the documentary has its world premiere at Berlin and is set for a UK theatrical release in March through Dogwoof.
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Le Weekend (UK)
Director Roger Michell, writer Hanif Kureishi and producer Kevin Loader - who collaborated on grey market envelope-pushers Venus and The Mother - re-team on this story of a long-married UK couple, played by Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, who to revitalise their marriage, revisit Paris and run into an old friend (Jeff Goldblum) who acts as a catalyst for things to come. Already sold to around 20 territories - including to Music Box Films for the US - the film is due to be finished in time for Cannes.
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