Love Come Lately: Jan Schtte’s Version of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Jan Schtte’s “Love Comes Lately” will open in Los Angeles on July 25 from Kino International. The film is based on the short stories The Briefcase, Alone and Old Love, by Nobel Prizewinning author Isaac Bashevis Singer. Starring Otto Tausig, Barbara Hershey and Rhea Perlman, Love Comes Lately was an official selection at this year’s Sundance and last year’s Toronto Film Festivals.

Written and directed by Jan Schtte, “Love Comes Lately” is a first-person plunge into the world of Max Kohn (Tausig), a prolific writer with a hyperactive and romantically scattered imagination. Showing no signs of slowing down – even as he approaches his 80s, Max Kohn pursues his professional and personal interests with youthful vigor. But in the process, he neglects his life-long partner and grounding force Riesle (Perlman).

What ensues is an uncompromising examination of a man’s fears and desires in the face of old age. As the lines separating real-life events, fiction and autobiographical writing completely blur, Kohn is forced to confront the most pressing questions of his life’s now-fleeting future.

The film also stars Tovah Feldshuh, Elizabeth Pea, Caroline Aaron, Brian Doyle-Murray and Olivia Thirlby. The producers are Martin Hagemann and Kai Knnemann.

About Isaac Bashevis Singer

Although born in Leoncin, a Jewish village near Warsaw, Poland, in 1902, writer Isaac Bashevis Singer migrated to the U.S. in 1935, as many fled the rise of fascist regimes in mainland Europe.

Having started his writing career before arriving in America, Singer published over 18 novels, 14 children’s books, and a number of memoirs, essays and articles. Nowadays, he is best known as a writer of short stories, which have appeared in over a dozen collections. Besides being a leading figure in the Yiddish literary movement, Singer was an avid contributor to the New York-based Jewish newspaper The Forward. He died in 1991.