The platform AppleTV+ premieres this Friday at the Sundance Festival, the most renowned independent film competition in the world, a documentary about the life of the actor Michael J Foxthe star of the “Back to the Future” saga, diagnosed with Parkinson’s 32 years ago.
Under the title of “STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie”, the official synopsis defines this production as the reflection of “what happens when an eternal optimist faces an incurable disease”.
The documentary, whose release date on Apple’s streaming service has not yet been specified, reviews Fox’s life in three very different stages: his childhood and adolescence until joining the army, his leap into television and cinema , and his personal fight against Parkinson’s since he was 29 years old.
His adventures at 16 trying to abandon military discipline, his adventures in a tiny apartment in Beverly Hills trying to reach the big screen and his dominance of the Hollywood industry in the 80s and 90s are some of the moments in which that “STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie” sets the focus.
The narration, whose voice is provided by Fox (1961, Canada), is made up of archival recordings of the actor, as well as the recreation of other intimate moments in a story that moves away from defeatism and opts for humor as an antidote to illness.
Fox gave up acting in 2000, when his symptoms became more severe, and has since been an activist for a cure for Parkinson’s through a foundation that bears his own name.
The Hollywood Academy honored the actor in November with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his work making visible people who suffer from the same illness.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”, 2006) directs and produces “STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie”, a work that is not the first in his career to acquire biopic overtones, since he was behind “ He Named Me Malala” in 2015.
In addition, the director received the Audience Award for best documentary at the Sundance Festival in 2010 for “Waiting For Superman”, a film that questioned the adequacy of the American educational system.
Guggenheim returns this year to the quintessential independent film competition with this documentary on the life of Michael J. Fox that will be screened again on January 21, 25, 27 and 29 in official Sundance theaters throughout the cities of Salt Lake City and Park City.
With information from EFE
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