In Bel Canto, Oscar winning actress Julianne Moore (Still Alice) plays Roxanne, a famous soprano who travels to South America to give a private concert for a Japanese industrialist (The Last Samurai’s Ken Watanabe). A guerrilla rebel group interrupts the proceedings, demanding their comrades be released from prison. This hostage crisis leads to a Stockholm Syndrome dynamic, and the trailer suggests that Roxanne’s international renown may be used as a positive force in this crisis.
Filmmaker Paul Weitz, whose last feature directing effort was the acclaimed 2015 feature Grandma, is Bel Canto’s director and co-writer. The project, which is based on the bestselling book by Ann Patchett (State of Wonder, Commonwealth), received the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Bel Canto, co-starring Christopher Lambert, hits theaters September 14.