Julianne Moore & Ken Watanabe in Trailer for Love Thriller 'Bel Canto'

August 7, 2018
Source: YouTube

Bel Canto Trailer

"For him, your voice is opera." Screen Media Films has debuted the official trailer for an intense romantic drama titled Bel Canto, based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Ann Patchett. Inspired by the events of the Japanese embassy hostage crisis (also called the Lima hostage crisis) of 1996-1997 in Lima, Peru, the novel has received several awards including the Orange Prize for Fiction and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The intimate, tense love story is about a famous soprano, played by Julianne Moore, who gets entangled with a wealthy Japanese industrialist, played by Ken Watanabe. She travels down to the embassy in South America, and falls for him while being held hostage. Also starring Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, Ryo Kase, Tenoch Huerta, and MarĂ­a Mercedes Coroy. Take a look below.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Paul Weitz's Bel Canto, direct from YouTube:

Bel Canto Poster

Based on the award-winning novel, this dramatic love story follows a famous soprano (Julianne Moore) who travels to a military dictatorship in South America to give a private concert at the lavish birthday party for a wealthy Japanese industrialist (Ken Watanabe). Just as the handsome gathering convenes, the house is taken over by a guerrilla rebel group demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. As a lengthy standoff ensues, hostages and captors form unexpected bonds as they overcome their differences and find their shared humanity. Bel Canto is directed by American filmmaker Paul Weitz, of the films American Pie, Down to Earth, About a Boy, In Good Company, American Dreamz, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Little Fockers, Being Flynn, Admission, and Grandma previously. The screenplay is written by Paul Weitz and Anthony Weintraub; based on the book by Ann Patchett. Screen Media Films will release Weitz's Bel Canto in select theaters starting September 14th in the fall. Anyone interested in this?

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While I am very happy to see an Asian lead in a romance movie, I am trepidatious if America is ready. I truly hope for this film's success.

DAVIDPD on Aug 7, 2018


They both look very nice here. I support the whole thing, of course ...

shiboleth on Aug 7, 2018


I haven't seen Ch. Lambert in a film worth of any attention for some time. It's a bit intriguing ...

shiboleth on Aug 7, 2018


Looks alright, but that poster is atrocious.

THE_RAW_ on Aug 8, 2018


Did you read the book Bo?

THE_RAW_ on Aug 8, 2018


Can't win em all I guess lol j/k j/k. Just thought I'd ask.

THE_RAW_ on Aug 9, 2018


Yea, and I read a lot...a lot...Ms. Patchett just isn't my particular cup of'm more of a Jo Nesbo, James Lee Burke kinda guy. Also very much like the guy who wrote The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Pity he died of a heart attack so young. He created one of the great characters ever in the punk, computer genius, Lizbeth Salander. Cheers. Oh...had to change my handle from Bo to Tombo for another unrelated reason for another site and it changed it here too.

Tombo on Aug 9, 2018


What the shit, this looks horrible. Bunch of privileged people sheltered in some mansion in a country with political problems serious enough for guerilla groups to form, and then one of these white privileged folks is supposed to save it all with her amazing soprano voice?? And then that line "sing loud enough so these *animals* outside can hear it" Jesus fuck this film

Terry Craig on Aug 9, 2018

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