The Best Offer

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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Country:Italy
Year:2013
Running Time:130
Language:English
Italian
Director:Giuseppe Tornatore
Producer:Isabella Cocuzza
Guido De Laurentiis
Arturo Paglia
Enzo Sisti
Geoffrey Rush
Sylvia Hoeks
Donald Sutherland
Jim Sturgess
Screenwriter:Giuseppe Tornatore
Cinematographer:Fabio Zamarion
Editor:Massimo Quaglia
Print Source:IFC Films

Description

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Sweeping this year’s Italian Oscars (David di Donatello Awards), director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso, Baarìa) continues to surprise, delight and defy our expectations with his brilliantly conceived first English-language feature, lavishly set “somewhere in Habsburg Italy.” Starring Geoffrey Rush as a fastidious and lovelorn antiquarian art auctioneer, Donald Sutherland as his business partner (in crime) and gorgeous Sylvia Hoeks as the most elusive object of desire, The Best Offer brims with moments of genuine human pathos, sly humor and winks to Alfred Hitchcock spiked with a dash of David Lynch—all set to a lush choral soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. As the besotted lover yearns for a glimpse of his mysterious beloved amid the phantasmagorically sumptuous surroundings, Tornatore provides us with much food for thought: Can love bring art to life? Or is it merely a chef d’oeuvre of the forger’s craft?

—KD Davis



PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE OF SAN FRANCISCO