The word since last May is that the burn-through performance in Paolo Sorrentino‘s Youth is given by costar Jane Fonda. Not to take anything away from star Michael Caine, who believably inhabits the life of an 80something conductor as he chills and contemplates while staying at a Switzerland spa, but Fonda owns this movie. It’s just a single short scene between her character, an actress, and Harvey Keitel, a successful director who wants her to play a role in his latest film, but Fonda — trust me, I know what goes — is an all-but-guaranteed contender for Best Supporting Actress.
Her campaign will begin when Youth plays the Toronto Film Festival, but the media attention will be greater when Fonda receives a special award at the tenth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film in Santa Barbara. Well, Goleta. The event will happen at the Bacara Resort & Spa on Saturday, 10.3. I’ll probably drive up and attend and then crash at some flophouse in Carpinteria.