26 May, 2010

American Rock N Roll Drama To Open Zlin Film Festival

by Sandy Mandelberger, North American Editor

Although this blog is meant to track European films as they move through the difficult landscape of North America, we sometimes flip the equation to make European and international readers aware of American films that are making an impact on the European film festival circuit. So, in that spirit, I am pleased to share with you information on an American film that will be taking the front spotlight at one of Europe's oldest and most respected film events next week.

THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL, an award-winning American Independent drama directed by Scott Rosenbaum and featuring a stellar cast that includes Peter Fonda, Kevin Zegers, Jason Ritter, Lukas Haas, Kelly Lynch, Ruby Dee, Lauren Holly and Taryn Manning, will be the Opening Night Gala presentation of the Zlin Film Festival. The film, which is making its Eastern European Premiere at the Festival, kicks off the 50th anniversary celebrations on Monday evening, May 31, as one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious film events gets underway. The film screens at the legendary Grand Cinema, one of the oldest existing movie palaces in Europe, with seating capacity of over 2500.

“We wanted to start off this year’s celebrations with an event that will be exciting for both our local audiences and visiting guests”, Petr Koliha, the Festival’s Artistic Director announced. “THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL is a film that celebrates the wisdom that comes with the passing of time and features great ensemble acting by a cast of Young Hollywood talents and established veterans. It also has some dynamic musical numbers of that great American invention, rock n roll.”

THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL is the story of the rise and fall of a promising rock musician, played by Young Hollywood star Kevin Zegers (winner of the Chopard Award as Best Male Newcomer at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival). Joining forces with songwriter Jason Ritter (the go-to indie heartthrob of such films as GOOD DICK and PETER AND VANDY), the two young musicians go on tour across America’s legendary Route 66 to discover the roots of rock n roll, chaperoned by none other than Peter Fonda, the star and co-writer of the classic EASY RIDER, playing an aging musician who embodies the purity of the music of the 1960s. After the fame of their first album, the excesses of drugs, money and sexual tension break up the partnership. Told in flashback, as investigative reporter Lukas Haas tracks down the reclusive Zegers in his shabby home town, the film is as much about friendship as it is about the music itself.

“Being exposed to rock music at an early age got me hooked on music”, writer/director Scott Rosenbaum explained. “Making this film has been an accumulation of a lifelong love of rock music, playing in bands myself and seeing THE LAST WALTZ (the musical documentary by Martin Scorsese) at least 100 times. I think rock n roll, jazz and blues music are some of the most powerful cultural achievements ever produced in America, so it is really exciting to have a film with such strong cultural roots open the Zlin Film Festival. We are so honored.”

The Zlin Film Festival, which runs from May 30 to June 6 in the UNESCO Heritage city of Zlin in eastern Czech Republic, has a number of exciting special events planned for this year’s festivities. To learn more, visit the Festival’s website: or the Online Dailies blog hosted by film web portal sites FEST21 and FILMFESTIVALS.COM:

To learn more about the film and to view the film’s dynamic music video trailer, visit: For international distribution interest, contact MEDIA EIGHT ENTERTAINMENT:

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