A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III
A film by Roman Coppola
Opens in Toronto and Montreal, Friday February 15, 2013, in Cineplex Odeon Theatres
In Toronto – Yonge + Dundas (10 Dundas St E.)
In Montreal – The Forum (2313 Sainte Catherine St. W.)
Lost love… friendship… revenge fantasies… Brandy Alexanders… Add a heaping helping of Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray and you have the deceptively playful and quirky A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III, opening in Canada February 15 from digital entertainment curator, FilmBuff, and Video Services Corp.
The second full-length feature from writer, producer and director Roman Coppola, A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III is set in a stylized Los Angeles, where a successful and famed graphic designer discovers the ephemerality of success.
Swan (Sheen) is a man who glides through life on fame, money and charm – the possessor of a seemingly perfect life. But he discovers his happiness is as fragile as a butterfly’s wing when his true love, an enigmatic beauty named Ivana (Canadian actor Katheryn Winnick), breaks off their relationship without warning.
Swan begins to unravel, swirling into a downward spiral of doubt, confusion and reflection. With the support of his loyal intimates – Kirby (Schwartzman), Saul (Murray), and his sister, Izzy (Patricia Arquette), he sets out on the road to self-awareness where he needs to live a life without Ivana. The film asks the question: Is it possible that love and hate are simply different versions of the same emotion?
The newest Coppola to impact the film world has already tested his creative voice within the works of his friend Wes Anderson – co-writing Anderson’s films The Darjeeling Limited and the recent, acclaimed Golden Globe nominated, Moonrise Kingdom, for which he just last week received an Oscar nomination.
“I knew I wanted to make a wild movie,” says Roman Coppola. “I was interested in the idea of taking serious adult issues and playing them out in more of a kid’s movie. I’m basically a big kid. I like pranks, flights of fantasy, naughtiness.
There’s a print by the artist Mel Ramos of a nude woman straddling a huge rhinoceros. It’s so far-out, so bold, so playful and funny and sexy – I thought, ‘I want to make a movie with that type of DNA.’ Originally I called the film Rhino as a reminder that it was going to have that kind of free, unconventional style.”
“We are incredibly excited to work together to bring Charles Swan to Canada, “ says Steve Beckman, FilmBuff’s Head of Acquisitions. “Roman has made a wonderful film and we are thrilled to bring it to audiences all across the country” says Jonathan Gross, VSC.
About Roman Coppola
Roman Coppola grew up in the world of filmmaking, and has developed directorial skills by working in multiple capacities: from sound recordist to cinematographer, to writer, producer and inventor. He began his directing career with visual effects and second unit direction of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (directed by his father, Francis Ford Coppola), which garnered him a BAFTA Award nomination for Visual Effects. His first feature film, C.Q., premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Roman has also lent his talents to 2nd Unit Direction on Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette, and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic. He was a producer and co-writer for The Darjeeling Limited and co-wrote the screenplay for Wes’ film, Moonrise Kingdom. Via The Directors Bureau, his award winning commercial and music video production company, Roman has created award-winning music videos and commercials, for bands like The Strokes and Green Day, and for clients including Coke, Honda and The New Yorker. He has earned a Grammy nomination and two MTV Music Video Awards. As well, Roman’s stream-of-consciousness video for the Phoenix “Funky Squaredance” track was invited into the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art.
He is president of the pioneering San Francisco-based film company American Zoetrope. Among his producing credits are Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, which won the top prize, the Golden Lion Award, at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival. He is also producer on Sofia’s upcoming film, The Bling Ring and On the Road, the forthcoming film directed by Walter Salles, based on Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel.
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About Video Services Corp.
Founded by former rock critic Jonathan Gross and celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, Video Services Corp. is a leading independent film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. Recent releases from VSC include the second season of the hit series Portlandia and the theatrical films Union Square,starring Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino and The Matchmaker from director Avi Nesher. VSC also owns the e-commerce websites sportonvideo.com, laffstock.com and jewishflicks.com.