Behind the camera during principal photography, real life events during the summer of 2014 were playing out with unnerving similarities to the film. Johann Breyer, the 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect living in Philadelphia, sought by German authorities over his alleged service as an SS guard at Auschwitz, died in the custody of the US Marshals Service as his extradition request was under review by the US government. This could have been Remember, if any survivors decided to go find Breyer.
World War II ended in 1945, 70 years ago. To tell this story of Remember in present tense, to watch it unfold as it is happening for Zev, it must be free from the need for flashbacks. It had to be made now. The mathematics of time and age made this a necessity.
Robert Lantos provided details of his decision to make Remember as quickly as he could after reading the screenplay. “Now is the last moment in time when we can tell this story in the present tense. Ten years from now, it wouldn’t be realistic to be telling a story about a man who suffered a loss in the 1940s for which he’s now claiming revenge. Nor would it be realistic that the killer of his family in the 1940s would still be alive in 2025,” said Lantos. If this film had been delayed, it would’ve had to be a period piece, taking place in the past …which puts a certain distance between the audience, and the film and the story. I kept reading news reports about the arrests of war criminals still living in the US and Europe. Attempts to bring them to trial never came to fruition because they’d died before the end of the trial process. That is one of the reasons when I read the script: when a 90-year-old finds out that the Nazi guard from the Auschwitz concentration camp is living in America, he decides to take direct action because taking legal action would have no consequence.”
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ABOUT THE CAST CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Zev Guttman) has enjoyed almost 60 years as one of the theatre’s most respected actors and is a veteran of over 100 motion pictures. Raised in Montreal, he began his professional career on stage and radio in both French and English. After Eva Le Gallienne gave him his New York debut in 1954 he went on to star in many celebrated productions on Broadway and London’s West End, winning accolades on both sides of the Atlantic. He has won two Tony Awards, for the musical CYRANO(1974)and for BARRYMORE(1997), and has earned seven Tony nominations, his latest for his KING LEAR(2004) and for playing Henry Drummond in INHERIT THE WIND(2007); he has also received three Drama Desk Awards and the National Arts Club Medal. A former leading member of the Royal National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier and the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall, where he won London’s Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in BECKET(1961), he also led Canada’s Stratford Festival in its formative years under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Michael Langham.
Since Sidney Lumet introduced him to the screen in Stage Struck (1958), his range of notable films include The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Battle of Britain (1969), Waterloo (1970), Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Twelve Monkeys (1995)and the 1965 Oscar-winning The Sound of Music. More recent films include The Insider (1999, as Mike Wallace; National Film Critics Award), the acclaimed A Beautiful Mind (2001), Man in the Chair (2007), Must Love Dogs (2005), National Treasure (2004), Syriana (2005)and Inside Man (2006). His TV appearances, which number close to 100, include the Emmy-winning BBC Hamlet at Elsinore (1964),playing the title role; the Emmy-winning productions The Thorn Birds (1983), Nuremberg (2000) andLittle Moon of Alban (1958);and HBO’s Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (2013). All told, these appearances have earned him seven Emmy nominations and he has taken home two Emmys.
Apart from honours in the UK, USA, Austria and Canada, he was the first performer to receive the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre, in memory of his great friend, the Edwin Booth Lifetime Achievement Award and the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts. In 1968, sanctioned by Elizabeth II, he was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada (an honourary knighthood). An Honourary Doctor of Fine Arts at Juilliard, he also received the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. In 1986 he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and in 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Plummer’s more recent projects include the highly praised animated films Up (2009), 9 (2009)and My Dog Tulip (2009), as well as the title role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), directed by Terry Gilliam. He played the great novelist Tolstoy opposite Helen Mirren in The Last Station (2009)for Sony Classics, for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. He followed that up the next year with another nomination and a win for Best Supporting Actor in Beginners (2010), from writer/director Mike Mills, and appeared in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). In July and August 2012, he returned to the Stratford Festival to perform his one-man show that he created, entitled A Word or Two, directed by Des McAnuff. In other recent appearances, he starred opposite Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine in Elsa & Fred (2014), directed by Michael Radford; Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)directed by Peter Chelsom; Danny Collins (2015),opposite Al Pacino and Annette Bening for writer/director Dan Fogelman; and The Forger (2015),opposite John Travolta, directed by Philip Martin.
His recent self-written best-selling memoir, In Spite of Myself (Alfred A. Knopf Publishers) is being much lauded by critics and public alike.
MARTIN LANDAU (Max Zucker) Every actor looks forward to “the role of a lifetime,” but great actors undertake them frequently. For the revered “actors’ actor” Martin Landau, there has been a rich continuity of great roles and great performances across six decades.
Landau, winner of the 1994 Best Supporting Oscar for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, had also been nominated for an Academy Award twice before, first in 1988 for his performance as Abe Karatz in Francis Coppola’s Tucker, and again for his role as Judah Rosenthal in Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors. He is the only performer ever to receive every honour awarded in his category for a specific year.
In addition to his Academy Award, Landau's list of honours for Ed Wood was unprecedented. He received The Hollywood Foreign Press’ Golden Globe Award, The Screen Actors Guild’s first annual award, The Actor, The American Comedy Award, The New York Film Critics Award, The National Society of Film Critics Award, The Chicago Film Critics Award, The Los Angeles Film Critics Award, The Boston Film Critics Award and the Texas Film Critics Award. All this was for his work in a film about the “worst director in Hollywood.”
His career continues with unabated vigor. He will soon be seen teamed with another veteran Oscar winner, Christopher Plummer, in Remember for noted independent film director Atom Egoyan and producer Robert Lantos, a pairing of two of the film world’s most iconic actors. His next assignment is a starring role in Oscar-winning director (for Rocky) John Avildsen’s Nate And Al. Both of these films cast him as a Holocaust survivor, and he cherishes the opportunity to help perpetuate the essential remembrance of the greatest tragedy of the 20th century. Another recent teaming of veteran Oscar winners was his work with Ellen Burstyn in the critically acclaimed Lovely, Still.
Martin Landau was recently honoured by the British Film Institute which celebrated, in addition to his honoured body of on-screen portrayals, Landau's concurrent distinction as a "voice actor" in this new era of animated production including his most recent and acclaimed reteaming with Tim Burton in Disney’s Frankenweenie.
In addition to his historic Lugosi portrayal, Landau recently has been acclaimed for such other drawn-from-life performances as oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall in Lifetime's "The Anna Nicole Smith Story" Rulon Jeffs, the prophet father of jailed polygamist Warren Jeffs in Lifetime’s “Outlaw Prophet” and Mitch Albom’s inspirational rabbi in the Hallmark Hall Of Fame production of Albom’s beloved bestseller, “Have A Little Faith.”
Martin Landau has been a guiding force in the Actors Studio since the founding of Actors Studio West almost fifty years ago, currently serving as its Artistic Director, a post he has shared with director Mark Rydell and, previously, Sydney Pollack. He is celebrating his sixtieth year as a member of the Studio. As one of the most active of film and television performers, he is also one of the world’s most acknowledged and sought-after acting teachers. Having initially been encouraged to teach by Lee Strasberg, he has trained many actors of the caliber of Jack Nicholson and Angelica Houston.
Martin Landau is living proof that Hollywood will find great roles for great actors at any stage of their careers. From the time this distinguished young New York stage sensation made his Hollywood debut in director Lewis Milestone's Gregory Peck-starring war film, Pork Chop Hill, the feature and TV industry plied him with roles of limitless range, always accommodated within his limitless talents, whether it was Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, Woody Allen’s Crimes And Misdemeanors, his Oscar winning turn for Tim Burton in Ed Wood, Francis Coppola’s Tucker, George Stevens’ The Greatest Story Ever Told or Joseph Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra. An impressive list of great films and great Oscar-winning directors.
On TV, his chain of great series characterizations is brightly reflected by the ground-breaking “Mission Impossible” which has its own special place in the television pantheon, and the scores and scores of roles revealing the key to a Martin Landau performance… none has ever been alike and not one demanded new notes of character and feeling from him that he did not deliver with reality and originality.
Mr. Landau has received six Emmy nominations including two for guest starring appearances on “Without A Trace,” playing Anthony LaPaglia’s father, a man in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, and thereafter for his three episode arc on “Entourage.” In addition to dozens of made-for-TV and cable movies and hundreds of guest-starring appearances in episodic shows, television viewers around the world are familiar with the two hit series in which Landau starred, “Mission Impossible”, and “Space: 1999”. Both of these series still air in countries around the globe and, like most of his work, are available on DVD.
Another startling recent performance was in The Aryan Couple, with Judy Parfitt, a festival-honoured theatrical film written and directed by Landau’s longtime friend, partner and fellow Oscar winner, the late John Daly. For this performance, set against the terrors of Nazi persecutions, Landau was honoured with the Milano International Film Festival (Best Actor), Jewish Image Awards (Best Male Role).
Born in Brooklyn, NY, he studied art at the prestigious Pratt Institute, regarded as one of America’s finest art schools. At seventeen, he worked as an artist for the New York Daily News, the newspaper with the country’s largest circulation, illustrating Billy Rose’s column, “Pitching Horseshoes,” as well as other comic strips, including the renowned “The Gumps.” Needing a new challenge, he resigned from the newspaper and began studying theater in his early twenties. When he auditioned for the Actors Studio, he was one of 2000 applicants. That year only Martin Landau and Steve McQueen were accepted.
Gaining experience under the tutelage of some of the theater’s greatest directors at the Actor’s Studio (Strasberg, Elia Kazan, Harold Clurman, Bobby Lewis and Curt Conway), Landau soon moved into professional theater. He played Juvan in Franz Werfel’s GOAT SONG, a role originated by Alfred Lunt, as well as other stage successes, including STALAG 17, FIRST LOVE, THE PENGUIN and Paddy Chayefsky’s MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, which starred Edward G. Robinson. Having created the role with great success on Broadway, he arrived in Hollywood with the national company. Alfred Hitchcock’s viewing of that play resulted in his casting the young Landau opposite Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason in North by Northwest. And the rest is a big part of Hollywood history.
The entertainment and publishing worlds highly anticipate the yet-untitled memoir Landau is currently writing, touching upon his rich accomplishments and association with other leading lights of theatre, film and television. He recently authored the foreword of Life Magazine’s book on James Dean.
DEAN NORRIS (John Kurlander) Best known as the relentless DEA Agent Hank Schrader, Dean Norris was a fan favorite on the critically acclaimed TV series “Breaking Bad.” No stranger to accolades, the show won multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards over its five seasons. In 2013 the show won its first Best Drama Series Emmy and in 2014 the show was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and a Best Drama Series Emmy. This summer, Norris will return to his role as Big Jim in Season 3 of the Stephen King and Steven Spielberg hit CBS series “Under the Dome.” He recently starred in Jason Reitman's film Men, Women and Children opposite Adam Sandler and on The History Channel’s hit mini-series “Sons of Liberty” playing Benjamin Franklin. A native of South Bend, Indiana, Norris is a graduate of Harvard University and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
BRUNO GANZ (Rudy Kurlander #1) started his career as an actor in the 1960s, appearing mostly in theatre productions, and promptly moved on to films. Today he is one of Germany’s leading actors, starring in both European and American productions and winning numerous awards over the years. His role in The Marquise of O (1976) earned him the German Gold Award for Outstanding Achievement in a leading role. His portrayal of Adolf Hitler in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Academy Awardnominated film Downfall (2004) won him countless international awards, including the London Film Critics Award for Actor of the Year as well as the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Special Jury Award. Ganz played the lead role in Silvio Soldini’s comedy Bread & Tulips (2000), which won nine David di Donatello Awards, including Best Actor, and nominations in the same category for the Swiss Film Prize and the Pula Film Festival.
Other prominent film credits include Francis Ford Coppola’s pre-World War II romantic mystery Youth Without Youth (2007), Stephen Daldry’s Academy Awardwinning adaptation of the best-selling German novel The Reader (2008), and Jaume Collet-Serra’s Unknown Identity (2011). Recently Ganz appeared opposite Jeremy Irons in Bille August’s Train to Lisbon (2013), and alongside Mads Mikkelsen in the celebrated film Michael Kohlhaas (2013). Ganz also joined the notable cast of Ridley Scott’s feature film The Counselor (2013). After their successful collaboration they reunited to shoot “The Vatican” (2013), a TV miniseries directed and produced by Ridley Scott, in which Ganz appears as Pope Benedict. In addition to his noteworthy on-screen performances, Ganz was admired on stage in Paris where he performed Harold Pinter’s HOMECOMING, directed by Luc Bondy. This year Ganz will be seen with Stellan Skarsgård in the Norwegian film, Kraftidionen (2014), alongside Marthe Keller in Romance (2014) by Barbet Schroeder, and as the famous Alm-öhi in the latest Heidi re-make, by Alain Gsponer, filmed in the Swiss mountains with an anticipated release toward the end of 2015.
JURGEN PROCHNOW (Rudy Kurlander #4) Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1941, Jürgen Prochnow is a leading actor of the German stage and screen. He was memorable as the submarine captain in the Wolfgang Petersen’s Das Boot (1981), which brought him to international prominence. He has since starred in many well-received European and Hollywood productions including: The Dark Side Of The Moon, from director Stefan Rieck, Damascus Cover, from director Daniel Zelik Berk, Ron Howards’ Da Vinci Code, Wolfgang Petersen’s Airforce One, Anthony Mineola’s The English Patient, Beverly Hills Cop II, David Lynch’s Dune and the 1975 film, Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum from Volker Schöndorff. One of his most notable roles was in the ground-breaking 1977 TV film Die Konsequenz (1977), a love story between two homosexuals, which the Bayerischer Rundfunk (public TV and radio) station in Bavaria refused to broadcast at the time, however, audiences who managed to see it were quite moved by what they saw on screen.
HEINZ LIEVEN (Rudy Kurlander #2)was born in 1928 in Hamburg-Blankenese where he grew up as a doctor’s son. In 1948, he began actor's training with Helmuth Gmelin and famous actor Bernhard Minetti. He started his stage career in Hamburg, followed by several engagements all over Germany, in theatres such as Schillertheater Berlin, Staatstheater Stuttgart and Nationaltheater Mannheim. Lieven began his career as a movie actor in the 1960s and has close to 100 credits to his name. In 1979 he starred in Ordnung (directed by Iranian Sohrab Shahid Saless), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. In 1978 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Lower German Stage in Bremen, before returning to his hometown Hamburg in 1981 to play again on several major stages.
Today, Lieven still actively appears on stage. In 2010, he gave his 350th performance as “Lehrer Bömmel“ in the very popular German play, DIE FEUERZANGENBOWLE. And in 2014, he performed at the national German theatre awards show, “DER FAUST”.
Lieven cites as one of his career highlights filming alongside Sean Penn in Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place, which screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and winning the Ecumenical Jury Prize. A range of further appearances in national and international movies followed, which include the co-production, “Grain” for Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu.
HENRY CZERNY (Charles Guttman) is a renowned actor, who is recognized for starring opposite Harrison Ford in ClearandPresentDanger, Tom Cruise in MissionImpossible, and Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson in TheA-Team. He has demonstrated his comedic abilities with his satirical portrayal of Mr. Bottoms in the Zombie indie film Fidoalongside Carrie-Anne Moss, as well as by playing ‘Yuri’, the Russian Trainer, opposite Steve Martin in ThePinkPanther. A classically trained actor, Henry Czerny began his career on stage, starring in both plays and musicals - most notably in an acclaimed off-Broadway production of Shaw’s ARMS AND THE MANand in a myriad of Shakespeare plays at Canadian Stage and Toronto Free Theatre.His breakout role was in the Canadian made-for television film “The Boys of St. Vincent”, for which he won multiple awards - including his first of many Gemini awards and the FIPA d’Or for Best Actor in Cannes. Henry followed this with many TV movies and guest-starring roles, culminating in an unforgettable performance of the colorful Duke of Norfolk in Showtime’s multi- award-winning series “The Tudors”.
With a versatility that delights his devoted fans, Henry Czerny moves from film to television with disarming ease, naturally creating a wide array of characters. He is equally believable as the 16th century nobleman as he is as Neale Donald Walsch (and the voice of God) in the feature ConversationswithGod. His most recent role of Conrad Grayson, the magnetic and enigmatic Patriarch in the ABC hit series “Revenge”, has garnered him further acclaim.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS ATOM EGOYAN (Director) With fifteen feature films and related projects, Atom Egoyan has won numerous awards including five prizes at the Cannes Film Festival (including the Grand Prix, International Critics Awards and Ecumenical Jury Prizes), two Academy Award® nominations, eight Genie Awards, prizes from the National Board of Review and an award for Best International Adaptation at The Frankfurt Book Fair. His films have been presented in numerous retrospectives across the world, including a complete career overview at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, followed by similar events at the Filmoteca Espagnol in Madrid and the Museum of The Moving Image in New York. In May, 2015, there will be a full film retrospective at BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.
Egoyan’s art projects have been presented around the world including The Venice Biennale and Artangel in London. Steenbeckettbecame part of The Artangel Collection, an innovative alliance with the Tate. The Collection will tour museums and galleries across the U.K. His installation, Auroras, was recently on view at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, in a program commemorating the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
Egoyan directed the North American premiere of Martin Crimp’s CRUEL AND TENDER for the Canadian Stage theatre company in early 2012. His adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s EH JOE was presented by The Gate Theatre in Dublin, where it won The Irish Times/ESB Award for Best Direction before transferring to London’s West End and The Lincoln Center Festival in New York.
Egoyan directed the contemporary Chinese opera FENG YI TENG for the 2012 Spoleto Festival in Charleston and the Lincoln Center Festival, New York. It was performed at the Luminato Festival in 2013, following the remount of Richard Strauss’s SALOMEwith the Canadian Opera Company. Egoyan directed a new production Mozart’s COSI FAN TUTTE for the COC in 2014. His award-winning production of Wagner’s DIE WALKÜRE was performed in early 2015.
Egoyan is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Directors Guild of America, the Directors Guild of Canada, the Writers Guild of America, the Writers Guild of Canada, and the Royal Canadian Academy of Art. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Egoyan is honoured with a 2015 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.
ROBERT LANTOS (Producer)Remember is producer Robert Lantos’ and director Atom Egoyan’s seventh collaboration. Their previous films are Exotica (Cannes Official Selection, winner International Critics Prize), The Sweet Hereafter (Cannes Grand Prix Winner, Academy Award nominee, Canadian Screen Award for Best Picture), Felicia’s Journey (Cannes Official Selection), Ararat (Cannes Official Selection, Canadian Screen Award for Best Picture), Where the Truth Lies (Cannes Official Selection) and Adoration (Cannes Official Selection, winner Ecumenical Prize).
Lantos was the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s leading film and television company, Alliance Communications Corporation, until 1998, when he sold his controlling interest. He then formed his production company Serendipity Point Films, where he produces films he is personally passionate about.
Robert Lantos has produced some 40 feature films, beginning with 1978’s In Praise of Older Women. His films include, Barney’s Version (Golden Globe winner for Best Actor); Eastern Promises (Academy Award and BAFTA nominee and Best Picture Golden Globe nominee); Being Julia (winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actress and Academy Award nominee); eXistenZ (winner of the Silver Bear at Berlin); Sunshine (Best Picture Golden Globe and Best Picture European Film Award nominee, Canadian Screen Award for Best Picture); Fugitive Pieces (Best Actor winner Rome Film Festival); Crash (Cannes Special Jury Prize winner); and Black Robe (winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Picture).
Robert Lantos is a member of the Order of Canada. He holds an honourary Doctor of Letters from McGill University.