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Paolo Sorrentino, Harvey Keitel Share Thoughts on Paris, Immigration and the Power of Films

Director Paolo Sorrentino‘s latest feature, “Youth,” crosses national lines with the filmmaker’s fusion of international talents such as American stars Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda and Paul Dano along with Brit thesps Michael Caine and Rachel Weisz.

The Italian director shared with Variety at the film’s Los Angeles premiere how international films can bring people from around the world a little bit closer together.

“I think that cinema is a universal language,” said Sorrentino. “We have more elements in common than differences between countries and it’s a beautiful thing.”

Keitel concurred with Sorrentino and stated that film can influence the world’s view of a particular nation.

“That’s the key,” said the actor. “The more we understand each culture, the more tolerant we become and the less we fear the other culture.”

Keitel continued, “What’s happening today with the immigration crisis, we all relate to all these problems. It’s a global commonality.”

Statements about a shared global community were also made by Sorrentino, when it came to the multiple deadly attacks in Paris last week. The filmmaker said that his home country, Italy, was devastated by the tragedy that swept its neighboring country, France.

“We are all very afraid of course because it’s a tragedy to our freedom,” he said. “That’s the only real important thing in life: the perception of freedom.”

(Pictured: Fox Searchlight’s Steve Gilula, David Lang, Sumi Jo and Paolo Sorrentino at the “Youth” after-party)

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