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First Look At ‘A Late Quartet’ With Philip Seymour Hoffman & Catherine Keener

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 24, 2011 at 7:07AM

Believe it or not, this is a first look for a film that isn't hitting the fall festival circuit, but it's probably a safe bet to show up at Sundance in January.
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Believe it or not, this is a first look for a film that isn't hitting the fall festival circuit, but it's probably a safe bet to show up at Sundance in January.

Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Imogen Poots, Jeremy Northam and Liraz Charhi, "A Late Quartet" chronicles the elder leader of a famed string quartet who is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, throwing the future of the renowned group into question. As the quartet struggles to stay together on the eve of their 25th season, the group’s once-tempered egos and lusts violently collide. Co-written by director Yaron Zilberman and Seth Grossman, the film was shot in New York City earlier this year and marks the former's feature debut after his 2004 documentary “Watermarks.” It's a pretty great lineup of talent and an intriguing story to boot and if anything, it will give us a the rare opportunity to see Hoffman play a violin (see below).

No word yet on a release date, but we imagine the film will hit the ground running in 2012. Check out the full synopsis below. [West End Films]

The four members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust.

Set in iconic New York City, this is the story of four musicians, bound together by their passion for music and long years of working together. But when their patriarch Peter is diagnosed with a terminal illness, the repercussions hit the group deeper than they could imagine. First and second violinists Robert and Daniel row over first chair, Robert and violist Juliette's marriage hits the rocks when he has an affair, and their headstrong daughter embarks on her own explosive affair - with Daniel.

As their 25th anniversary performance looms, the musicians must either find a way to overcome their troubles, and preserve their legacy - or part ways forever.


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