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    The Etruscan Smile

    Directed by Mihal Brezis, Oded Binnun
    Switzerland/USA/UK | 107 minutes | World Cinema Now

In need of medical attention, a crusty, macho Scotsman (the great Brian Cox) leaves his beloved Hebridean island home to stay with his estranged son in high-tech San Francisco. There he forms a life-changing bond with his newborn grandson.


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film synopsis

The marvelous Brian Cox plays Rory MacNeil, a tough, hard-drinking old coot of a Scotsman, set in his macho ways. For medical reasons, Rory must abandon his beloved Hebridean island for high-tech San Francisco, where he’s uncomfortably ensconced in the high-rise apartment of his estranged son (JJ Feild), an up-and-coming chef; his son’s hard-charging corporate wife (Thora Birch); and their newborn son. It’s a mighty collision of cultures, but the bond that develops between the crusty Rory and his grandson begins to melt some of the long-frozen ice. This charming, heartwarming tale of intergenerational conflict and reconciliation makes wonderful use both of the scenic Scottish countryside and the sleek towers of the City by the Bay. Cox is joined by a stellar supporting cast that includes Peter Coyote, Treat Williams, and Rosanna Arquette as a museum curator smitten with Rory’s stubbornly old-school ways.

film details

Country: Switzerland/USA/UK
Year: 2018
Running Time: 107 minutes
Language: in English and Scottish Gaelic with English subtitles
Director: Mihal Brezis, Oded Binnun
Producers: Arthur Cohn
Principal Cast: Brian Cox, Thora Birch, Rosanna Arquette, JJ Feild, Peter Coyote, Treat Williams
Primary Company: Arthur Cohn Productions
Cinematographers: Javier Aguirresarobe
Editor: Roberto Silvi
Screenwriter: Michael Mcgowan, Michal Lali Kagan, Sarah Bellwood
Website: www.etruscansmile.com

guests in attendance

Directors Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun and Actors Brian Cox and Rosanna Arquette

2019 Film Festival