Monday, September 04, 2023

#BiennaleCinema2023 - #Venezia80 - 80th Venice International Film Festival - Maestro

courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

 #Venezia80 - Competition
Bradley Cooper

 is a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. A love letter to life and art, Maestro at its core is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love.

Main Cast
Carey Mulligan, Bradley Cooper, Matt Bomer, Maya Hawke, Sarah Silverman, Josh Hamilton, Scott Ellis, Gideon Glick, Sam Nivola, Alexa Swinton, Miriam Shor

"Many opera and classical music albums were listened to in our house. I spent hours conducting an imaginary orchestra to the best of my 8-year-old ability. There was one recording of Leonard Bernstein on heavy rotation.
So the pilot light I needed to make Maestro turned on many years before I actually came across the project. After doing a year of research on Lenny and the family and letting everything soak in, I realized the most interesting and relatable aspect to me was this marriage between Lenny and Felicia.
It was an unorthodox, genuine love that I found endlessly intriguing. This is the story I wanted to tell. I am forever grateful to Jamie, Nina, and Alex for letting me into their family and their hearts. It has been one of the greatest joys of my career."

Director's Statement
Bradley Cooper

photo ASAC -Giorgio Zucchiatti - courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

Red Carpet
Nina Bernstein Simmons, Jamie Bernstein and Alexander Bernstein

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