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Remembering Anton Yelchin in "Love, Antosha"

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“Love, Antosha,” is an affectionate documentary tribute to the late actor Anton Yelchin. The film, directed by Garret Price, was produced by Drake Doremus, who directed Yelchin in “Like Crazy.” Price uses home movies, interviews, film clips, and letters (read by Nicolas Cage) to present a hagiographic portrait of Yelchin who died tragically in 2016. Price features reminiscences from the actor’s co-stars, Kristen Stewart (“Fierce People”), Frank Langella (“House of D”), and Ben Foster (“Alpha Dog”), as well as from members of his “Star Trek” family—John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, and J.J. Abrams. And filmmakers including Jodie Foster (“The Beaver”), Jon Poll (“Charlie Bartlett”), and Doremus, reflect on Yelchin’s talent, spirit and personality.

In addition, Yelchin’s parents, Irina and Viktor, who were ice ballet stars, talk about their son, and the actor’s childhood friends describe their relationship with and memories of him.

As “Love, Antosha” reveals, the Russian-born Yelchin moved to Southern California when he was a baby. He suffered from cystic fibrosis and did breathing exercises to keep his condition under control. He took acting lessons as a child, scoring his first role on an episode of “ER” when he was 10. Other projects soon followed, and Yelchin’s career was forever on the rise as he performed in a mix of indie films and television appearances, before starring in some Hollywood franchises.

But Price’s film also shows Yelchin’s talents as a musician — he taught himself guitar and performed in a band called “Hammerheads” — and photographer. (He often went to the seamier parts of the San Fernando Valley at........

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