The strength of a good hostage story is based on the ability of it’s actors to keep tension brewing. For pros like Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe, that should allow Bel Canto, based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Ann Patchett, to be a strong, tension-filled, character story. The synopsis is as follows:
Roxane Coss (Played by Moore), a famous American soprano, travels to South America to give a private concert at the birthday party of rich Japanese industrialist Katsumi Hosokawa (Played by Watanabe). Just as a handsome gathering of local dignitaries convenes at Vice-President Ruben Ochoa’s mansion, including French Ambassador Thibault and his wife, Hosokawa’s faithful translator Gen, and Russian trade delegate Fyorodov, the house is taken over by guerrillas led by Comandante Benjamin (Huerta) demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. Their only contact with the outside world is through Red Cross negotiator Messner. A month long standoff ensues in which hostages and captors must overcome their differences and find their shared humanity and hope in the face of impending disaster.
Bel Canto co-stars Christopher Lambert. It is directed by Paul Weitz (Who co-wrote the script with Anthony Weintraub). It is set to hit theaters September 14th. Check out the new trailer for the film below: