Life Itself

  • 120'
  • USA
  • 2014
What better way to open this year’s Critics' Choice programme than with an acclaimed film about the world’s most famous film critic? In a career spanning six decades, Roger Ebert shared his deep love for movies with a voice filled with intelligence and empathy. As a cinephile with deeply humanist values, Ebert believed that movies were not only a way to better understand the world, but to bring the world closer together in a passionate conversation about life. He pursued this mass conversation through his award-winning movie reviews and phenomenally popular television show; but a career-threatening illness profoundly changed his relationship with the movies and people in his life.
Using Ebert’s own words from his bestselling memoir and candid moments recorded in his final months, this documentary traces a remarkable life spent in the world of movies.
Director
Steve James
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
120'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Zak Piper, Steve James, Garrett Basch
Production Companies
Kartemquin Films, Film Rites
Sales
Magnolia Pictures
Cinematography
Dana Kupper
Editor
Steve James, David E. Simpson
Music
Joshua Abrams
Cast
voice of Stephen Stanton
Website
http://ebertmovie.com