Sunday, September 09, 2012

Venice: Film Festival – The Company You Keep

Photograph courtesy La Biennale
 Venice: Film Festival – The Company You Keep - Robert Redford. Jim Grant, played by Redford is a civil rights lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, NY. His world is turned upside down, when a brash young reporter named Ben Shepard, Shia LaBeouf exposes Grant’s true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder. After living for more than thirty years underground as a lawyer, Grant must now go on the run. He is the center of a nationwide manhunt and with the FBI in hot pursuit; he sets off on a cross country journey to track down the one person that can clear his name. Shepard knows the significance of the national news story he has exposed and for a journalist, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Hell-bent on making a name for himself, he is willing to stop at nothing to capitalize on it. He digs deep into Grant’s past. Despite warnings from his editor and threats from the FBI, Shepard relentlessly tracks Grant across the country. As Grant reopens old wounds and reconnects with former members of his group, the Weather Underground, Shepard realizes something about this man is just not adding up. With the FBI closing in, Shepard uncovers the shocking secrets Grant has been keeping for the past three decades. As the Grant and Shepard come face to face in the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, they each must come to terms with who they really are.
Starring: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Richard Jenkins, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci and Nick Nolte.
Above. Director and actor, Robert Redford.
Photograph courtesy La Biennale

The Company You Keep - Susan Sarandon

                 Photograph courtesy La Biennale
The Company You Keep – Shia LaBeouf
“Backstage” Venice Film Festival – Press Conference. The Company You Keep –  Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf press conference.

“Backstage” Venice Film Festival – Press Conference Monitor.  Outside the press conference room on the third floor of the Palazzo del Casino is a monitor for press who can’t get into the crowded conference room.

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