Youth Without Youth
Filmfest 2008

Francis Ford Coppola returns to the director's chair for the first time in nearly a decade with this ambitious parable. Set in Romania on the eve of World War II, the tale begins when 70-year-old linguistics professor Dominic Matei is struck by lightning, miraculously restoring him to the flower of youth. He astounds his doctor with his swift recovery - new teeth, smooth skin, and a shining mane of hair -and even the young nurses start to take an interest in the dashing, vigorous septuagenarian. But things turn perilous when the Third Reich learns of Dominic's rejuvenation and wants to harness his new, superhuman abilities. On the run in wartorn Europe, Dominic uses his powers to keep one step ahead of the Nazis and finish his life's work, an expansive study on language and human consciousness. But then Dominic falls for Veronica, a beautiful young woman who reminds him of the lost love of his life... A sprawling exploration of love, memory, and lost time, it brims with rich symbolism and inventive visuals.

tags: Feature film

Cast: Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, André Hennicke, Marcel Iures


Director: Francis Ford Coppola