Robert Redford 'All Is Lost' Glues Viewers to the Screen (Update)

Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk attended the press screening at the Cannes Film Festival from "All Is Lost" starring Robert Redford:

"Robert Redford arises as the survivor of all survivors in this feature about a solo sailing voyage by film director J.C. Chandor. All is Lost narrates an emotional journey in which Redford shows endurance, smart survival skills, suffering, never giving up, keeping up the hope, preparing for death, and living in the moment.

"Robert Redford's brilliance as an actor makes the viewer watch a solo act for more than one-and-a-half hours, continuously glued to the screen, getting inspired and witnessing a sailor on the edge of a tragic end.

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Film director J.C. Chandor made a masterpiece with this solo act - a film about survival that goes further than just a sailor in distress. From a bigger picture, All is Lost can be seen as blueprint for life and conquering obstacles."

Robert Redford states about All Is Lost director, J.C. Chandor, "I trusted him so much that I could just go let myself go, I gave myself up completely."

J.C. Chandor has come to present his second feature film, All is Lost, Out of Competition, together with Robert Redford, the film's only actor.

Robert Redford, on his performance:

It's a very big challenge being alone, with no crutch, no dialogue, no words. It's a challenge that attracted me a lot as an actor. I wanted to give myself entirely to a director.

I trusted him so much that I could just go let myself go, I gave myself up completely.

J.C. Chandor, on his main actor:

I saw Robert Redford at Sundance during a conference. I was sitting at the back of the room, but I could hear his voice clearly and it was as if he was only talking to me, even though there were more than 300 directors in the room. I told myself I had to ask him. And straight away he said yes!

Robert Redford, on silence:

I believe in the role of silence in film and in life because often we talk far too much. Silence allows you to really live your role and forces you to totally trust the director.

Robert Redford, on the pace of the world today:

The role of technology is constantly speeding things up. The pace of life is getting faster and the energy is fascinating, but how long will it last? This is the is theme of the film because it is the opposite of what we are experiencing in today's world. We see time, a boat and a man, as opposed to all the noise we make in my country today.

J.C. Chandor, on the role of music:

We worked with an incredible musician for eight months, the music is very important in the film, it couldn't function without it. It comes in a crescendo and builds the spectator's trust. It enhances the story. The music reflects the character's life and thanks to it the spectator forms a bond with him.

About "All Is Lost," starring Robert Redford, and Director J.C. Chandor by Lisa Revil, Cannes

J.C. Chandor is at Cannes for the first time, Out of Competition, to present his second feature film "All is Lost." The history of a castaway which charts the struggle of a man, played by Robert Redford, faced with the ocean and himself.

"Margin Call," a small film which made big waves first brought J.C. Chandor into the spotlight. The feature film on the world of finance and traders garnered around $20 million in world box office takings for a budget of $3.5 million, going on to win an Oscar nomination for best screenplay. This initial success subsequently opened up a rich seam of opportunities.

J.C. Chandor then decided to carry out a daring and personal project, that of a one man film in which Redford is the sole actor, and in which even the setting - a boat and the sea - remains minimalist.

The director sees his film as "a very simple story, that of a man of advancing years who takes off for a four or five-month journey in his sailing boat. As fate has it, his boat is damaged in an accident and then we witness his struggle for survival."

J.C. Chandor does not hide the influence of Hemingway and "The Old Man and the Sea" on his screenplay. A sailor at heart, he explains, "I grew up among sailing boats, and it's a world I know well. I've wanted to make a thriller about the high seas for a very long time."

Few young filmmakers have the chance to work with an actor of the stature of Robert Redford. J.C. Chandor was lucky enough to meet him at Sundance where Margin Call was selected in Competition. On the subject of the film, Robert Redford states, "It was remarkable. No dialogue. Even though it wasn't all spelled out in black and white, I felt confident and I went into it with my eyes closed."

Synopsis of "All Is Lost"

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner’s intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest.

Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling, and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.


J.C. Chandor - Director


Robert Redford - The Man

Source: Cannes Film Festival

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