Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and stars alongside Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in the adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel, “American Pastoral” follows an all American family across several decades, as their idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil that will change the fabric of American culture forever.
Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn (Connelly), a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved daughter, Merry (Fanning), disappears after being accused of committing a violent act.
“It’s about HUGE things. The American Dream, and it being decimated by the ‘60s Vietnam War. It’s about big things, but most importantly it’s about a father and his daughter.”
Swede then dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the modern world around him: no American family will ever be the same.
“I was attached to this project for years and we kept losing directors, and I was afraid it was going to fade away, ” McGregor told Collider.com on why he decided to take the directorial helm. “This is a part I really wanted to play. It’s an amazing story. So when I felt like we were going to lose it I said, ‘Well, I’ll do it!”
American Pastoral makes its debut at TIFF 2016.