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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2014 - 18.27 July

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Category: Edition 2014


Hazel is a 16-year-old girl suffering from cancer. At a patients’ support group, she meets a boy with cancer, Gus, and they fall in love. Hazel and Gus share the fears that accompany their health issues, as well as their love for books, including Hazel’s touchstone, “An Imperial Affliction”. She has tried many times to get in touch with the book's reclusive author Peter Van Houten, to no avail. When Gus manages to reach Van Houten’s assistant, it astonishingly results in an invitation to meet the writer in Amsterdam. Gus starts with Hazel a journey that could answer every question she has ever had about the book that means so much to her. But the answers she is looking for don’t come from Van Houten. They come from living a great adventure that Hazel shares with Gus, who will give her what she will call a “little infinity, a forever within the numbered days”.

Category Out of competition
Section Premiere
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 125’
Production Year 2014
Nationality USA
Directed by Josh Boone
Screenplay Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Based on the book " "
by John Green
Director of photography Ben Richardson
Editor Robb Sullivan
Production Design Molly Hughes
Costume Design Mary Claire Hannan
Music Mike Mogis, Nate Walcott
Main cast Shailene Woodley (Hazel)
Ansel Elgort (Gus)
Nat Wolff (Isaac)
Willem Dafoe (Peter Van Houten)
Laura Dern (Frannie)
Sam Trammell (Michael)
Produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey

Josh BooneJosh Boone

Born in 1979, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. He spent his childhood making movies on home video with friends. While in high school, he attended summer film programs at the North Carolina School for the Arts. In 2002 he moved to Los Angeles and then worked as a production assistant on a number of films. In 2012 he wrote and directed his first feature film, STUCK IN LOVE, starring Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is his second feature film as a director.






Director’s statement

“This story is TITANIC and cancer is the iceberg we’re going to hit eventually. But the film cannot be about the iceberg; it has to be about the love story. It had to have real and special moments”.
“John [Green] was terrific in helping us determine whether something was working. He’s not only a wonderful writer, he’s a great audience”.



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