Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut AMERICAN PASTORAL will have a gala premiere screening at the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) on Monday, September 26th.
AMERICAN PASTORAL stars Emmy Award® nominee Ewan McGregor (THE IMPOSSIBLE, BEGINNERS) alongside powerhouses such as Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly (A BEAUTIFUL MIND) as Dawn, Dakota Fanning (THE RUNAWAYS, THE TWILIGHT SAGA) as Merry, Emmy Award® winner Uzo Aduba (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), and Academy Award® nominee David Strathairn (LINCOLN, GOOD NIGHT, and GOOD LUCK).
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, American Pastoral follows an all American family across several decades, as their idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil that will change the fabric of American culture forever. Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life.
When his beloved daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the modern world around him: no American family will ever be the same.
John Romano, who took Michael Connelly’s book The Lincoln Lawyer to the big screen and participated in the writing of Intolerable Cruelty, puts his name to this adaptation of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. American Pastoral is the first part of the book going by the name of The American Trilogy, completed with I Married a Communist and The Human Stain, the latter directed in its big screen version by Robert Benton in 2003, also for Lakeshore.
Lionsgate will release AMERICAN PASTORAL in the United States on October 28th.