The Romance of Loneliness, filmed in Memphis, is having its premiere on Sept. 12 at Malco Paradiso.
The indie project is a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. The Romance of Loneliness shot for 19 days in May, 2011 and hired 6 local cast and 10 local crew.
It's produced by Memphis-based Paper Moon Films (Nick Case and Ryan Watt). Another Paper Moon project, Open Five, was also assisted by the Commission.
The Romance of Loneliness, by Sarah Ledbetter & Matteo Servente, is about a confused young woman named Amanda who abandons her plan to go out west to instead accompany her grandmother to the same-sex wedding of her cousin Cristina at a West Tennessee farmhouse.
Smells Like Screen Spirit says "The Romance of Loneliness plays sort of like a fairy tale ... but it maintains its strong grip on reality, remaining ever-faithful to the subtlety of its storytelling."
The Romance of Loneliness is the feature-debut for co-directors Sarah Ledbetter & Matteo Servente, the lead debut for musician/actress Amy LaVere, and the third feature film by Memphis production company Paper Moon Films.
Lynn Cohen, known for her collaborations with Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg, as well as playing Magda in Sex & The City, is featured in a lead role as the scene-stealing grandmother Mina.
The ensemble cast is comprised of other notable rising actresses Anna Margaret Hollyman (Small Beautifully Moving Parts) and Rebekah Brandes (Bellflower) joining Memphis talents Caroline White, Kentucker Audley, Bart Shannon, Jerre Dye, Luke White, Kim Justis, John Still and Ann Wallace.
The premiere will also have a concert by local musicians Deering & Down, whose music is in the film along with tunes by Memphians Star & Micey and Luke White.
Sarah and Matteo met in Paris at the NY Film Academy and attended the following year of school in Sydney. They collaborated on Dammi Il La, shot in Italy and Spain. Matteo moved to Memphis in 2007 to join Sarah developing The Romance of Loneliness.
The Sept. 12 event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Malco Paradiso. Admission is $15. Tickets are available at RomanceOfLoneliness.com or at the door if available.