Perhaps the surest thing this Awards season will be an Academy Award nomination for movie star Robert Redford.
Surprisingly it will be only the second time in his career that Redford has been nominated for an acting performance. The first time being for his work in the classic film The Sting.
Despite the lack of recognition by the Academy for his performances, Redford continues to be a perennial critical darling. Besides that, this award season he has the opportunity to perform in an actor’s dream showcase with what is essentially a thrilling and suspenseful one man show.
The film titled All Is Lost tells the story of a man in the latter stages of his life, alone, lost at sea after an accident and storm. The script by writer/director J.C. Chandor reportedly is only 30 pages long and features very little dialogue.
Think Cast Away without a volleyball to talk to.
It’s a bold move by both director and star. And arguably, only an actor of Redford’s stature could pull something like this off.
And reportedly the results have been impressive. With Oscar buzz already being generated after a screening at this year’s Cannes Film festival.
The only question remaining is will audiences embrace All Is Lost. The film has an obvious independent film sensibility. There is no leading lady. No co-stars. And only incidental dialogue. The film is also directed by a relative newcomer. Director J.C. Chandor is best none for his Academy Award nominated film Margin Call. That movie was noted for its minimalism as well. But All Is Lost will challenge mainstream audiences with hardly any dialogue and only one performer.
Of course it helps that the one performer is the mesmerizing Robert Redford.
All is Lost stars Robert Redford. The film is written and directed by J.C. Chandor. All is Lost is scheduled for release October 18th 2013.
Academy Award winner Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost, an open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) with a musical score by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), the film is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience. Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner’s intuition, and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest.