Robert Redford introduced this movie at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. In addition to directing Redford plays a former member of the Weather Underground who goes on the run when a reporter (Shia LeBeouf) discovers his identity. The impressive cast includes Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Terrence Howard, Brendan Gleeson, Nick Nolte, Brit Marling, Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci and many others. With a screenplay adapted by Lem Dobbs from Neil Gordon’s novel, The Company You Keep opens April 5 via Sony Pictures Classics.
They famously co-starred as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in the 1976 classic All The President’s Men. And Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival they were together again – sort of. In an odd coincidence, both Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman unveiled their latest directing efforts in back to back North American premieres. At 10 PM in another theatre nearby, Redford with little fanfare and no other cast members present presided over the North American premiere of his new all-star drama The Company You Keep which Sony Pictures Classics will release next year. While Hoffman hosted the world premiere of the senior comedy Quartet and then conducted with the cast a post-screening Q&A filled with laughs and behind-the-scenes intel.
Quartet about a retirement home for opera stars features Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly as seniors who refuse to go gently into that good night. They were all in Toronto for the debut at the Elgin Theatre, and the crowd-pleasing film will be released by The Weinstein Company in December in time to qualify for Oscars.