By Bernard ROSE

INDEPENDENT - as SALES All rights, World

Drama - Completed 2000

There's a fine lie between success and excess.

    • Year of production
    • 2000
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Director(s)
    • Bernard ROSE
    • Writer(s)
    • Leo TOLSTOY, Bernard ROSE
    • Producer(s)
    • Lisa ENOS, Kenneth ENOS
    • Synopsis
    • Ivan Beckman, one of Hollywood’s hottest talent agents has died.
      Most people assume the cause is drugs; Ivan has been partying hard. His colleagues scramble to repair the damage and prevent Ivan's clients from defecting to the various competing agencies.
      What no one seems to notice however is that the real reason for Ivan’s death was not a drug overdose at all but of a massive tumour in his lungs.
      The film slowly fades to black and begins again; we now meet Ivan as he was, the picture of health, dynamism, and personal charisma, pulling deals out of the air, smoothing egos, weaving a wonderful and humorous web of spiel that crystallizes into hard cash which falls into his lap.
      At the height of this frenzy of success the diagnosis is confirmed. Ivan’s life begins to spiral out of control into a hell that sparkles and glitters with all the "Dolce Vita" delights of Hollywood. Ivan cannot tell anyone the truth about his condition as he immediately realizes that to do so would lead him to be instantly ostracized by those who currently worship him.
      Ivan's personal relationships begin to unravel. As he goes on an ever more desperate search for peace and the opportunity to give his life any kind of real meaning, so the opposite and inevitable end loom before him.
      As Ivan gets closer to the moment we all have to face, the film becomes increasingly intense, reaching a moving and unexpected climax… where Ivan finally achieves his ecstasy.