Movie Arbitrage By Nicholas Jarecki
Original Title: Arbitrage
Genre : Drama - Thriller
Release Date : 14 September 2012
Nationality : United States
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Screenwriter: Nicholas Jarecki
Composer: Cliff Martinez
Producer/s: Laura Bickford, Kevin Turen, Justin Nappi, Robert Salerno
Executive producer: Ronald Curtis, Stanislaw Tyczynski, Brian Young, Mohammed Al Turki, Lisa Wilson
Production designer: Beth Mickle
Director of Photography: Yorick Le Saux
Editor : Douglas Crise
Costume Designer: Joe Aulisi
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
ARBITRAGE, the feature directorial debut of writer Nicholas Jarecki, is a taut and alluring suspense thriller about love, loyalty, and high finance. When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) on the eve of his 60th birthday, he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. Struggling to conceal his duplicity from loyal wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and brilliant daughter and heir-apparent Brooke (Brit Marling), Miller's also balancing an affair with French art-dealer Julie Côte (Laetitia Casta). Just as he's about to unload his troubled empire, an unexpected bloody error forces him to juggle family, business, and crime with the aid of Jimmy Grant (Nate Parker), a face from Miller's past. One wrong turn ignites the suspicions of NYPD Detective Michael Bryer (Tim Roth), who will stop at nothing in his pursuits. Running on borrowed time, Miller is forced to confront the limits of even his own moral duplicity. Will he make it out before the bubble bursts?
ARBITRAGE is written and directed by Nicholas Jarecki and stars Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta and Nate Parker. Stuart Margolin, Chris Eigeman and Bruce Altman co-star and Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter appears as James Mayfield. Laura Bickford, Kevin Turen, Justin Nappi and Robert Salerno produced the project, with Brian Young, Mohammed Al Turki, Lisa Wilson, Stanislaw Tyczynski, Lauren Versel, Maria Teresa Areda and Ron Curtis serving as executive producers. The Arbitrage creative team includes director of photography Yorick Le Saux (I Am Love, Carlos), production designer Beth Mickle (Drive), editor Douglas Crise (Babel)) costume designer Joe Aulisi (Charlie's Angels, Taking Woodstock) and composer Cliff Martinez (Drive, Contagion).
Richard Gere .....
Susan Sarandon ..... Ellen Miller
Tim Roth ..... Det. Michael Bryer
Brit Marling ..... Brooke Miller
Laetitia Casta ..... Julie Cote
Nate Parker ..... Jimmy Grant
Graydon Carter ..... James Mayfield
Monica Raymund ..... Reina
Josh Pais ..... Aimes
Stuart Margolin ..... Syd Felder
Bruce Altman ..... Chris Vogler
Jennifer Butler ..... Trader
Felix Solis ..... Deferlito
THE GENESIS OF ARBITRAGE
“Will you give up the power you love to hang on to your last shred of humanity?”
Graduating at age 19 from NYU Film School, Nicholas Jarecki began his career as an author with Breaking In: How 20 Film Directors Got Their Start, a bestseller that introduced him to the subject of his debut film, a documentary called The Outsider, in which he followed one of the legendary writer/directors from his book, James Toback. He then began to think about a subject for his feature film debut; a natural place to turn was the financial world. As a successful business owner and the son of two commodities traders, it was a world he knew well, a world which was in 2009 coming under intense public scrutiny. He began reading everything he could find about the ongoing financial crisis. Most intriguing to Jarecki was The Great Hangover, a collection of essays from Vanity Fair which analyzed the economic crash. "The book got into the personal lives of the players who were involved," says Jarecki. "At the same time that I read these articles, my friend Kevin Turen called me and said ‘we’ve been trying to make a movie for two years - you aren’t the kind of guy who can wait, we need to go now- just write something!’ We started discussing concepts we could make for no money and he said I should write a script set in one house where something goes terribly wrong. I said I hated those kinds of movies and he said stop procrastinating and just write something! So we started to work…”
Jarecki’s began to think about the twenty-thousand square foot townhouses in his native New York City. "I thought about a man who lives in those mansions what kind of guy is he? What does he do? Well if he lives in there, then I knew he had to be rich. And with money comes problems. What if he was once a good man, but as he grew richer, his life became more complicated and corrupt, since his money lets him live outside the boundaries of conventional morality. Now, who does he answer to when things go wrong and his world crashes around him (as it did for everyone in 2009)? And what will he do to protect himself and his family? That’s how the character of Robert Miller was born."
Jarecki grew up in New York surrounded by entrepreneurs and financial traders. "I am fascinated by business. I've had my own company so I have the technical knowledge, and I learned about markets from my parents," he explains.
The director’s New York City upbringing also gave him a familiarity with the diverse residents of the town, economically high and low. At the same time that he conceived the character of Robert Miller, Jarecki also created Jimmy Grant, a young black man who has a complicated history with Robert. Jimmy became a central character in the film and serves as Miller’s moral counterpoint and co-conspirator.