Bel Canto (film)

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Bel Canto
Bel Canto poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Weitz
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Paul Weitz
  • Anthony Weintraub
Based onBel Canto
by Ann Patchett
Music byDavid Majzlin
CinematographyTobias Datum
Edited bySuzy Elmiger
  • A-Line Pictures
  • Depth of Field
  • Bloom
  • Priority Pictures
Distributed byScreen Media Films
Release date
September 14, 2018
Running time
102 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$80,134 [2]

Bel Canto is a 2018 hostage drama film directed by Paul Weitz, from a screenplay by Weitz and Anthony Weintraub. It is based upon the novel of the same name by Ann Patchett, it stars Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Sebastian Koch, and Christopher Lambert.

It was released on September 14, 2018 by Screen Media Films.


Roxane Coss (Moore), a famous American soprano, travels to South America to give a private concert at the birthday party of rich Japanese industrialist Katsumi Hosokawa (Watanabe). Just as a handsome gathering of local dignitaries convenes at Vice-President Ruben Ochoa's mansion, including French Ambassador Thibault (Lambert) and his wife (Zylberstein), Hosokawa's faithful translator Gen (Kase), and Russian trade delegate Fyorodov (Krupa), the house is taken over by guerrillas led by Comandante Benjamin (Huerta) demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades, their only contact with the outside world is through Red Cross negotiator Messner (Koch). A month-long standoff ensues in which hostages and captors must overcome their differences and find their shared humanity and hope in the face of impending disaster.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]


In August 2016, it was announced that Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe and Demian Bichir joined the cast of the film, with Paul Weitz directing, from a screenplay he wrote alongside Anthony Weintraub, based upon the novel of the same name. Caroline Baron, Weintraub , Weitz and Andrew Miano will serve as producers on the film, under their A-Line Pictures and Depth of Field banners, respectively.[4][5] In February 2017, Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, Elsa Zylberstein joined the cast of the film.[6] Renée Fleming joined the films as Moore's singing voice,[7] it was later revealed María Mercedes Coroy joined the cast of the film.

Principal photography began in New York on February 13, 2017.[6]


In May 2018, Screen Media Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[8] It was released on September 14, 2018.[9]


  1. ^ "Bel Canto". Screen Media Films. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Bel Canto". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "POST PRODUCTION". 8 August 2018.
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (September 7, 2016). "Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe & Demian Bichir To Star In 'Bel Canto' – Toronto". Deadline Hollywood.
  5. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (September 7, 2016). "Toronto: Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe to Star in Hostage Drama 'Bel Canto'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  6. ^ a b "Berlin: Bloom's 'Bel Canto' Adds Trio to Drama's Cast". Variety. February 8, 2017.
  7. ^ Collins, Amy Fine (April 5, 2017). "Opera Legend Renée Fleming Isn't Ready for Retirement". Vanity Fair.
  8. ^ Lang, Brent (May 7, 2018). "'Bel Canto' With Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe Sells to Screen Media (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Desta, Yohana (August 7, 2018). "Julianne Moore Is Under Fire in Searing Bel Canto Trailer". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 7, 2018.

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