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Born To be Blue


Director:Robert Budreau

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Asian Premiere

10/24 13:50-  Ticket sales have closed.  10/26 21:00-  Ticket sales have closed.  10/28 10:50-  Ticket sales have closed.  

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97min. English Color | 2015 USA=Canada=UK | 


“Born to be Blue” is a re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker's life in the 1960s. When Chet (with talent to burn and movie-star looks that have him dubbed the "James Dean of Jazz") stars in a film about himself, a romance heats up with the African American female lead, the enigmatic Jane. Production is shelved though when a vicious beating means he may never play music again. Jane challenges Chet to avoid self-destruction, stay clean, and mount a musical comeback against all the odds.

The fact that director Robert Budreau once made a short film dealing with the mysterious death of Chet Baker (Stephen McHattie, who played Baker in that work, appears here as his father) testifies to the depth of his admiration for the musician. This film focuses on Baker’s attempt to make a comeback after hitting absolute bottom. The uncommonly talented Ethan Hawke is highly adept at recreating the trumpet genius, who was destructive and possessed a delicate beauty. The film adds another dimension to the story by depicting the complexity of being a white star in the primarily black world of jazz during the tumultuous 1960s. Carmen Ejogo, acclaimed for her performance in “Selma” (2014), plays Baker’s girlfriend.

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10/24 13:50 - (97min)


Q&A : Robert Budreau(Director/Screenplay/Producer), Jennifer Jonas(Producer)

Please note that the stage appearances of guests and scheduled time of the show may change according to circumstances.

Tickets ¥1300(Tax included)

Tickets (student) ¥1000 | Tickets at the Door (student) ¥500 (Tax included)



10/26 21:00 - (97min)


Q&A : Robert Budreau(Director/Screenplay/Producer)

Please note that the stage appearances of guests and scheduled time of the show may change according to circumstances.

Tickets ¥1300(Tax included)

Tickets (student) ¥1000 | Tickets at the Door (student) ¥500 (Tax included)


Shinjuku WALD9 Theater3

10/28 10:50 - (97min)

Tickets ¥1300(Tax included)

Tickets (student) ¥1000 | Tickets at the Door (student) ¥500 (Tax included)


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Robert Budreau

Robert's debut feature THAT BEAUTIFUL SOMEWHERE starring Roy Dupuis was nominated for a Genie Award and won top prizes at film festivals around the world. He is currently adapting a story by author Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River", "Gone Baby Gone") and developing a period noir called "Infidels".

Director/Screenplay/Producer : Robert Budreau
Producer : Jennifer Jonas
Producer : Leonard Farlinger
Producer : Jake Seal
Cinematographer : Steve Cosens
Music : David Braid
Music : Todor Kobakov
Music : Steve London
Production Designer : Aidan Leroux
Editor : David Freeman
Costume : Anne Dixon

Ethan Hawke
Carmen Ejogo
Callum Keith Rennie

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