Directed by: Paul Weitz
Written by: Paul Weitz, Anthony Weintraub
Produced by: Caroline Baron, Anthony Weintraub, Paul Weitz, Andrew Miano, Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, Greg Little
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Cast: Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Sebastian Koch, Elsa Zylberstein, Christopher Lambert, Ryo Kase
BEL CANTO is a love story set against a backdrop of immortal music, and mortal danger.
Roxane Coss (Moore), a famous American soprano, travels to South America to give a private concert at the birthday party of rich Japanese industrialist Katsumi Hosokawa (Watanable). Just as a handsome gathering of local dignitaries convenes at Vice-President Ruben Ochoa's mansion, including French Ambassador Thibault and his wife, Hosokawa's faithful translator Gen, and Russian trade delegate Fyorodov, the house is taken over by guerrillas demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. Their only contact with the outside world is through Red Cross negotiator Messner (Koch).
A month long standoff ensues in which hostages and captors must overcome their differences and find their shared humanity and hope in the face of impending disaster.