Fox Searchlight Completes Deal for Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’

UPDATE (May 13, 2015): Fox Searchlight has officially completed its acquisition North American rights for Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” which is in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Michael Caine stars as a retired orchestra conductor vacationing in an Alpine resort when he receives an invitation to perform for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Paul Dano portrays a film director also staying at the resort. Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda and Romanian model Madalina Ghenea also star.

“I’m delighted and proud that Fox Searchlight has acquired my new film: ‘Youth.’ As a movie lover, I have always appreciated Fox Searchlight’s choices which have given us the opportunity to see beautiful and unforgettable films. This time, as the auteur, I am honored with the faith they have placed in me and the film,” said Sorrentino.

“Paolo’s masterful film projects an extraordinary wisdom and grace. Anchored by Michael Caine’s emotionally riveting performance and buoyed by an exceptional supporting cast, YOUTH is, simply put, a film about life and living told in the most cinematic of terms,” said Searchlight’s Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley.

“Youth” is Sorrentino’s sixth film in the Cannes competition, after “The Consequences of Love” (2004), “The Family Friend” (2006), the jury prize-winning “Il Divo” (2008), “This Must Be the Place” (2011) and “The Great Beauty” (2013), which went on to win the Oscar for best foreign language film.

Producers on “Youth” are Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima and Carlotta Calori. Pathe is handling sales.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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