FROM THE BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL: Two coming-of-age dramas win praise in Berlin

BERLIN – It’s not easy to stand out from among the (approximately) 430 movies at the Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival, but James Schamus’ directorial debut, Indignation, which was shown in the Panorama section, has what it takes. This adaptation of Philip Roth’s 2008 coming-of-age novel is a brilliant portrait of the novelist as a young man, and stars Logan Lerman (Fury, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as the brainy, tense son of a kosher butcher from New Jersey who heads off to college in Ohio in the Fifties. Roth is a notoriously difficult author to adapt, and this is the first screen version of one of his works – there have been five previous Roth adaptations – that captures the complexity and spirit of his writing.

Although Schamus has never directed a fulllength movie before, he is the co-president of Focus Features, the arthouse branch of Universal.


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