“We wanted to start off this year’s celebrations with an event that will be exciting for both our local audiences and visiting guests”, Petr Koliha, the Festival’s Artistic Director announced. “THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL is a film that celebrates the wisdom that comes with the passing of time and features great ensemble acting by a cast of Young Hollywood talents and established veterans. It also has some dynamic musical numbers of that great American invention, rock n roll.”
Film Legend Peter FondaTHE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL is the story of the rise and fall of a promising rock musician, played by Young Hollywood star Kevin Zegers (winner of the Chopard Award as Best Male Newcomer at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival). Joining forces with songwriter Jason Ritter (the go-to indie heartthrob of such films as GOOD DICK and PETER AND VANDY), the two young musicians go on tour across America’s legendary Route 66 to discover the roots of rock n roll, chaperoned by none other than Peter Fonda, the star and co-writer of the classic EASY RIDER, playing an aging musician who embodies the purity of the music of the 1960s. After the fame of their first album, the excesses of drugs, money and sexual tension break up the partnership. Told in flashback, as investigative reporter Lukas Haas tracks down the reclusive Zegers in his shabby home town, the film is as much about friendship as it is about the music itself.
“Being exposed to rock music at an early age got me hooked on music”, writer/director Scott Rosenbaum explained. “Making this film has been an accumulation of a lifelong love of rock music, playing in bands myself and seeing THE LAST WALTZ (the musical documentary by Martin Scorsese) at least 100 times. I think rock n roll, jazz and blues music are some of the most powerful cultural achievements ever produced in America, so it is really exciting to have a film with such strong cultural roots open the Zlin Film Festival. We are so honored.”