Wednesday, 6 March 2013

'From the Page to the Screen' - a series of film screenings at the Writers Centre

From the Page to the Screen
a series of film screenings at the Writers Centre

every Tuesday at 7pm
starting Tuesday 12th March

Donation of 10 LE for event

We are very pleased to announce that we will start a fabulous series of film screenings at the Writers Centre, showing films that have been taken from novels.

The main feature will start each Tuesday at 7pm sharp.
A short introduction will be given by Sofia Balogh and there can be some discussion after the event.

We will begin the season with:

7pm Tuesday 12th March

The Last Station
(director Michael Hoffman – taken from the novel of the same name by Jay Parini)
starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer

The Last Station deals with the last year of Tolstoys' life. In 1910, acclaimed Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, in the later stage of his life, works rather than a writer but as the leader of the Tolstoyan Movement, whose basic tenets are brotherly love and world peace through pacifism, and a denouncement of material wealth and physical love. His chief follower is Vladimir Chertkov, who does whatever he requires to advance the cause. Chertkov hires a young man named Valentin Bulgakov to be Tolstoy's personal secretary in carrying out this work. Once ensconced in the life on the estate where much of the work is taking place, Bulgakov quickly learns that many there take from the movement only what he/she wants/believes. Also chief amongst the movement's wants is the deeding of all Tolstoy's writings to the people so that after his death it will become public domain. Tolstoy's wife, the Countess Sofya Andreevna Tolstoy, believes that her husband's writings are rightfully hers after he passes, as she wants and believes she deserves the monetary benefits derived from such. This places a strain between those in the movement, especially Chertov and the Tolstoy's daughter Sasha, and the Countess. Bulgatov acts as the mediator between the parties, he who feels he needs to do what is truly in Tolstoy's heart regardless of what Tolstoy may say or do.

Other films in the series will include (not particularly in this order):
The Dreamers - director Bernardo Bertolluci – novel of same name by Gilbert Adair
Sheltering Sky - director Bernardo Bertolluci – novel of same name by Paul Bowles
Farenheit 451 – director Francois Truffaut - novel of same name by Ray Bradbury
Room With a View - director James Ivory - novel of same name by EM Forster
Passage to India - director David Lean - novel of same name by EM Forster
Norwegian Wood - Tran Anh Hung - novel of same name by Haruki Murakami

Keep checking for all updates!

See you all there!!! :))

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