By Dave McNary | Variety
John Turturro is back as the iconic bowler Jesus Quintana in a first look photo from “Going Places,” the spinoff from the Coen Brothers’ “The Big Lebowski.”
Cornerstone is launching international sales at the American Film Market, which opens Nov. 2.Turturro is directing, starring and wrote the screenplay, inspired by the 1974 French film “Going Places,” which stars Miou-Miou, Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere. It was directed by and based on the novel by Bertrand Blier.
Turturro is bringing back his Quintana character from 1998’s “The Big Lebowski,” in which Quintana is a loud-mouth opponent of the bowling league team that includes the characters played by Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi. The Quintana character spoke with a thick accent, danced backwards and referred to himself as “the Jesus.”
As with the French film “Les Valseuses,” (the French title is slang for “the testicles”) Turturro’s version follows a trio of misfits whose irreverent, sexually charged dynamic evolves into a love story as their spontaneous and flippant attitude backfires time and again. When they make enemies with a gun-toting hairdresser, their journey becomes one of constant escape.
The dramatic comedy also stars Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou and Susan Sarandon. Producers are Sidney Kimmel, John Penotti, Robert Salerno, Fernando Sulichin, and Paul-Dominique Vacharasinthu.