Harris Shaw is still typing on his rickety typewriter, even though he likes to bellow into his (rotary dial) phone that he is long dead. He coughs and swears, drinks and smokes, quite unlike Lucy Stanbridge, heir to the publishing house which made it big half a century ago with the author’s successful novel, “Atomic Autumn”. While the old curmudgeon has turned his back on life, the energetic young woman jogs through New York’s Upper East Side, receiving live updates from her ambitious assistant about (falling) sales figures and (crushing) influencer blogs. A book tour, of all things, with the old boy and his new work is meant to save the publishing house. But the old codger is a real pain in the arse. Spewed out in a British accent, his “bullshite!” quickly becomes the hashtag of a generation of US hipsters – but it doesn’t sell any books.
In her directing debut, Lina Roessler stages Lucy and Harris’ at times absurd, at others heartfelt motel trip as a road movie in which Aubrey Plaza has to pull out all the stops to brave Sir Michael Caine (who was born, we should remember, in 1933). And she succeeds. In the end, this visibly moves not only the grumpy old man, but also all fans of literary films – and, of course, of Caine himself.
by Lina Roessler
with Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Speedman, Ellen Wong, Cary Elwes, Luc Morissette, Veronica Ferres, Frank Schorpion
Canada / United Kingdom 2020 English 100’ Colour

With

  • Michael Caine (Harris Shaw)
  • Aubrey Plaza (Lucy Stanbridge)
  • Scott Speedman (Jack Sinclair)
  • Ellen Wong (Rachel Spence)
  • Cary Elwes (Halpren Nolan)
  • Luc Morissette (Joseph Stanbridge)
  • Veronica Ferres (Drew Davis)
  • Frank Schorpion (Phil Rosen)

Crew

DirectorLina Roessler
ScreenplayAnthony Grieco
CinematographyClaudine Sauvé
EditingArthur Tarnowski
MusicPaul Leonard Morgan
SoundStephan Roy
Production DesignMario Hervieux
CostumesSophie Lefebvre
Make-UpAudrey Bitton
CastingAndrea Kenyon
Assistant DirectorErik Ajduk
Line ProducerGinette Guillard
Executive ProducersPetr Jakl, Martin Barab, Mark Damon, Jere Hausfater, Joe Sisto, Paul E. Audet, Adam Goldworm, Kevin Bernhardt
ProducersJonathan Vanger, Pierre Even, Cassian Elwes, Arielle Elwes, Wayne Godfrey

Produced by

Atomic Autumn Productions

Montreal, Canada

+1 514 2407245

Best Sellers Films

London, United Kingdom

World sales

Foresight Unlimited

Los Angeles, USA

+1 310 2755222

Lina Roessler

The filmmaker studied English and creative writing at Concordia University, acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and film production at York University. She has appeared as an actor in the series Private Eyes, Murdoch Mysteries, Supernatural and Killjoys. Her short films The Vow, Winter and Mustard Seed met with success at numerous international festivals. She was invited to the 2018 Berlinale Talents with her fourth short. Best Sellers is her debut feature film.

Filmography

2014 The Vow; short film 2016 Winter; short film 2018 Mustard Seed; short film 2020 Best Sellers

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021