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Run Time: 98 minutes
A fascinating experiment in updating the Bard, PRIVATE ROMEO audaciously places Romeo and Juliet inside a modern military academy. While the rest of the school is off on training, eight cadets are left behind with orders to continue their studies and physical regimen. A classroom reading of Romeo and Juliet gradually begins to take over their real lives, and the young men's drama takes place throughout the empty school—where all the world's a stage. The chem lab serves as Friar Lawrence's cell; the basketball court is the scene of Mercutio and Tybalt's fight. The brilliant ensemble of Shakespearean-trained New York actors includes astonishingly tender Seth Numrich and Matt Doyle, both of Broadway's War Horse, as the star-crossed lovers. These talented young men convey the passion of Shakespeare just as credibly as they do the posturing of modern jocks. Director Alan Brown calls the play a "relevant story about sexual identity and desire pitted against society and its institutions; about personal freedom and rights versus authority." – B.B.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Alan Brown is the recipient of many writing and directing awards. His writing on the arts for the Los Angeles Times and other publications earned him a Fulbright Fellowship in Journalism to Japan, where he wrote for both English and Japanese-language publications and did radio broadcasts for the BBC. He has also written a novel and worked as a contributing editor at Travel & Leisure magazine.
"Book of Love" (2004) - 28th CIFF, "Superheroes" (2007), PRIVATE ROMEO (2011)
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