|Director/Writer: John Turturro
Genre: Drama | Comedy
Running Time: 98 min
|Date: Monday, March 10, 7:30 pm
Location: Prince Music Theater
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Festival & Awards: Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival | Centerpiece Film WJFF
Admission includes Post-Film Reception at Ritz Carlton (cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres)
In actor-writer-director John Turturro’s bold new comedy, Murray (Woody Allen), a New York City bookstore owner, turns to high-class pimping in order to keep financially afloat in face of the imminent closure of his business.
To succeed at the world’s oldest profession, Murray needs a Don Juan. He appeals to his florist friend Fioravante (John Turturro) for assistance and before long, the oddball duo tear up Gotham, with Fioravante (who now goes by Virgil) shtupping eager clients the likes of legendary sexual icons Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara. Murray’s plan seems fail safe until he introduces Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), a sheltered and lonely orthodox Jewish widow, to Virgil’s mix of clientele. As a deeper connection develops between Virgil and Avigal, Dovi (Liev Schreiber), a vigilant member of the neighborhood’s Jewish police who shares affection for Avigal, develops a fool-proof plan of his own.
Funny, tender, and wryly observant, FADING GIGOLO at its core is a film about loneliness and the need for human connection.
Special Guest: Author Dr. Eric Goldman
Venue Sponsors: Rachelle and Ron Kaiserman
Community Partners: Philadelphia Film Society and Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel