The Pretenders

James Franco, USA 2018, 95’
Polish premiere
The Disaster Artist Winter's Bone

Terry is an aspiring film director. Catherine—an ambitious actress. And then there’s the third guy, Phillip, a photographer. Their friendship, glued initially by pure cinephilia, turns into a passionate love triangle, while the first steps into show business become a series of challenges and disappointments. James Franco pays tribute to the French New Wave—people quote François Truffaut and watch Jean-Luc Godard’s films, while the movie’s plot resembles Jules and Jim mixed with Bernard Bertolucci’s The Dreamers. The leading role was supposed to be played by Anton Yelchin (the main character of Love, Antosha, a documentary screened at this year’s American Film Festival). However, after his death Jack Kilmer (The Giant, Lords of Chaos) took over the leading role. He is accompanied by Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe) and Shameik Moore (Dope). The finished movie had to wait almost three years for its debut. Even though American critics had many reservations towards the Pretenders, James Franco proved that he is a film director who is not afraid of challenges, who is always looking for his own voice and does not care about the critics.

Jakub Demiańczuk

James Franco

Jack of all trades among filmmakers: He is a film and stage director, screenwriter, producer, writer, visual artist, musician, activist and an academic teacher. Perhaps the most hardworking person in show business, involved in countless projects, both artistic and commercial. He was nominated to Academy Award for Best Actor in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours and won two Golden Globe awards, as well as many other film awards. According to American Film Festival audiences he is the most important person in American independent cinema.

Selected filmography

2005 The Ape

2005 Fool’s Gold

2007 Good Time Max

2011 The Broken Tower

2011 Sal

2013 Kiedy umieram / As I Lay Dying

2013 Bukowski

2013 Dziecię boże / Child of God

2014 Wściekłość i wrzask / The Sound and the Fury

2016 W niepewnym boju / In Dubious Battle

2017 Tenn

2017 Instytut / The Institute

2017 The Disaster Artist

2018 Future World

2018 Pretenders / The Pretenders

2019 Zeroville

2019 The Long Home

Cast & Crew

director James Franco
screenplay Josh Boon
cinematography Peter Zeitlinger
editing Ian Olds
music Mark Kozelek
cast Jack Kilmer, Jane Levy, Shameik Moore, James Franco, Juno Temple, Brian Cox
producer Lauren Bates, Jay Davis, Vince Jolivette, Katie Leary, Scott Levenson, Jordan Yale Levine, Shaun Sanghani
production SSS Entertainment, Rabbit Bandini Films, Yale Productions
sales The Exchange
language English
coloration colour
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