2014 USA Film Festival: Fading Gigolo
Acclaimed actor John Turturro (Romance & Cigarettes) returns to writing and directing with this all-star comedy about mild-mannered New York florist Fioravante (Turturro) whose lifelong friend, Murray (Woody Allen), makes an indecent proposal. Before you can say American Gigolo, Fioravante is providing intimate companionship to a lonely dermatologist (Sharon Stone) and her friend (Sofia Vergara), while Murray learns that it is, indeed, hard out there for a pimp.
Fioravante unexpectedly finds emotional intimacy with Hasidic widow Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), who is watched over by jealous, lovesick Hasidic cop Dovi (Liev Schrieber). Humorous and touching with an ensemble cast that includes Aida Turturro, David Margulies, Max Casella, and Bob Balaban, Fading Gigolo is a unique slice of the Big Apple.
Stephen Tobolowsky will host a talk with John Turturro following the film.