11/18/2023 07:30 pm – Caligari FilmBühne

United States 2023 90 min Original version with German subtitles

by Marc Turtletaub

Script: Gavin Steckler, DoP, Editing, Music: Volker Bertelmann, Producers: Michael B. Clark, Andy Daly, Deborah Liebling, Alex Turtletaub, Marc Turtletaub, Production: Big Beach Productions, Cast: Ben Kingsley, Jade Quon, Harriet Sansom Harris, Jane Curtin
In a small town somewhere in Pennsylvania, Milton spends his tranquil golden years doing yard work, attending community meetings and trying to keep his memory sharp. When a UFO lands in his flower bed one night, no one wants to believe the old man – not the emergency dispatcher, not the cashier at the supermarket and certainly not the town council. Undaunted, Milton decides to let the extra-terrestrial visitor with a fondness for apples stay at his place. Soon, Milton’s slightly wacky neighbours Sandy and Joyce discover his unusual roomie and take an instant liking to the visitor. Complicity becomes community, and neighbours, friends – until the government finally begins to search for the alien. A clever and touching comedy about late-found meaning in life and the yearning for adventure, in which Ben Kingsley demonstrates why he is considered one of the finest actors of his generation.

Marc Turtletaub has been active for over 20 years as a producer for several companies. In 2004, he co-founded “Big Beach Productions” (together with Peter Saraf). As a producer, he was involved in all of the company’s films, including the Oscar-winning LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. He also works as a director. His previous film, PUZZLE, was distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.

Filmography (selection): 2009 LOOKING AT ANIMALS (short film), 2013 GODS BEHAVING BADLY, 2015 THE BREATHARIANS (short film), 2018 PUZZLE, 2023 A GREAT PLACE TO CALL HOME

Awards (selection): Stolman Audience Award (Sonoma International Film Festival, USA 2023)

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