|A Late Quartet|
|Directed by||Yaron Zilberman|
|Produced by||Yaron Zilberman|
|Written by||Yaron Zilberman|
Philip Seymour Hoffman
|Music by||Angelo Badalamenti|
|Editing by||Yuval Shar|
|Distributed by||Entertainment One|
|Release||November 2, 2012|
|Running time||106 minutes|
A Late Quartet (released in Australia as Performance) is a 2012 American drama film co-written (with Seth Grossman), produced, and directed by Yaron Zilberman. The film uses chamber music played by the Brentano String Quartet and especially, Beethoven's Op. 131.
As a quartet approaches its 25th anniversary, the debilitating illness of one member unleashes the drama in their relationships.
Adaptation from source material
The scene in which Peter Mitchell tells his music class an anecdote about meeting Pablo Casals is adapted from an anecdote found in Cellist, the autobiography of cellist Gregor Piatigorsky; the circumstances of the encounter and the pieces played are changed in the film, but Casals's words are essentially identical to those recounted by Piatigorsky.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman as Robert Gelbart
- Christopher Walken as Peter Mitchell
- Catherine Keener as Juliette Gelbart
- Mark Ivanir as Daniel Lerner
- Imogen Poots as Alexandra Gelbart
- Wallace Shawn as Gideon Rosen
- Anne Sofie von Otter as Miriam
- Nina Lee (of the Brentano Quartet) as herself, in the closing scene