Oren Moverman's Time Out of Mind: Opening Night at the Sarasota Film Festival

April 10, 2015 2:11 PM

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Oren Moverman: I was shocked in the best way. In 2009, we opened the Sarasota Film Festival with The Messenger and that was the beginning of a good run with the movie. The movies I work on tend not to be light, so to choose to set the tone for a film festival with a film that could engage you this way is wonderful and impressive. I was surprised to learn homelessness is a huge problem in Florida. It's a problem everywhere, in urban settings and warm climates where people can actually exist outside. The movie takes place in a New York urban setting, but it has a universal theme: the homeless and the dispossessed are a problem for everyone.

When you have Richard Gere in a movie, you can never completely erase that. You fall in love with Richard Gere in a different way. The surprise was that Time Out of Mind was his initiative. He had an early version of the script and came to me saying, I am obsessed with this thing. I want to do somet...

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