A QUIET PASSION

by Terence Davies
A QUIET PASSION

Informations

Nation: UK, Belgium

Year: 2016

Length: 125'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

Section:

Synopsis

Their father is ruled by a sense of duty and civic responsibility and their mother has a fragile constitution; thus, the Dickinson siblings, Emily, Austen and Vinnie, grow up with a strong attachment to their home and family. The Civil War and a religious obsession cause the first rifts in the serenity of the Dickinson family, and young Emily, captivated by poetry, reveals a rebellious and intransigent nature. Because of her pride, she has difficulty accepting her love for a married man and her brother’s extramarital affair. [rm]

Director

Terence Davies

Terence Davies

Terence Davies (Liverpool, UK, 1945) quit school at sixteen to study at the Coventry Drama School. He debuted in 1976 with the autobiographical Children and then enrolled at the National Film School, where he made another short, Madonna and Child. He concluded The Terence Davies Trilogy with Death and Transfiguration (1983). In 1988 and 1992 he made his two masterpieces: Distant Voices, Still Lives (FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes) and The Long Day Closes, autobiographical films set in Liverpool during the 1940s and 1950s. These were followed by The Neon Bible (1995), in Cannes competition, and The House of Mirth, based on the novel by Edith Wharton. He returned to Cannes in 2008 with his documentary about Liverpool Of Time and the City, also presented at the Torino Film Festival, which in 2015 gave him the Gran Premio Torino and presented his film Sunset Song.

Filmography:
Children (cm, 1976), Madonna and Child (cm, 1980), Death and Trasfiguration (cm, 1983), The Terence Davies Trilogy (Terence Davies Trilogy, 1983), Distant Voices, Still Lives (Voci lontane… sempre presenti, 1988), The Long Day Closes (Il lungo giorno finisce, 1992), The Neon Bible (Serenata alla luna, 1995), The House of Mirth (La casa della gioia, 2000), Of Time and the City (doc., 2008), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Sunset Song (2015), A Quiet Passion (2016). 

Cast and Credits

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Terence Davies
fotografia/cinematography
Florian Hoffmeister
montaggio/ film editing
Pia di Cialua
scenografia/production design
Merijn Sep
costumi/costume design
Catherine Marchand
musica/music
Ian Neil
suono/sound
Johan Maertens, Paul Cotterell
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Cynthia Nixon (Emily Dickinson), Jennifer Ehle (Lavinia Dickinson), Jodhi May (Susan Gilbert), Catherine Bailey (Miss Vryling Buffam), Emma Bell (Emily Dickinson da giovane/as a young woman), Duncan Duff (Austin Dickinson), Keith Carradine (Mr Dickinson)
produttori/producers
Roy Boulter, Solon Papadopoulos
produzione/production
Hurricane Films, Potemkino
coproduttori/coproducers
Peter De Maegd, Tom Hameeuw


contatti/contacts
Double Dutch International
Lisa Clark
lisa@doubledutchmedia.ca
www.doubledutchinternational.com

Director statement

“I do not wish to paint a portrait that is all sombre tension and solitary solace. She was extremely shy, true. But she has a wry, lively sense of humour and loved to laugh or be made to laugh. And she loved the soirees and balls which began each commencement of the university. Her friendships were intense but it was within the family that she found her greatest happiness. It was the wellspring of her art. Her life is one of quiet dignity.”

Synopsis Learn more

Their father is ruled by a sense of duty and civic responsibility and their mother has a fragile constitution; thus, the Dickinson siblings, Emily, Austen and Vinnie, grow up with a strong attachment to their home and family. The Civil War and a religious obsession cause the first rifts in the serenity of the Dickinson family, and young Emily, captivated by poetry, reveals a rebellious and intransigent nature. Because of her pride, she has difficulty accepting her love for a married man and her brother’s extramarital affair. [rm]

Director All about direction

Terence Davies

Terence Davies

Terence Davies (Liverpool, UK, 1945) quit school at sixteen to study at the Coventry Drama School. He debuted in 1976 with the autobiographical Children and then enrolled at the National Film School, where he made another short, Madonna and Child. He concluded The Terence Davies Trilogy with Death and Transfiguration (1983). In 1988 and 1992 he made his two masterpieces: Distant Voices, Still Lives (FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes) and The Long Day Closes, autobiographical films set in Liverpool during the 1940s and 1950s. These were followed by The Neon Bible (1995), in Cannes competition, and The House of Mirth, based on the novel by Edith Wharton. He returned to Cannes in 2008 with his documentary about Liverpool Of Time and the City, also presented at the Torino Film Festival, which in 2015 gave him the Gran Premio Torino and presented his film Sunset Song.

Filmography:
Children (cm, 1976), Madonna and Child (cm, 1980), Death and Trasfiguration (cm, 1983), The Terence Davies Trilogy (Terence Davies Trilogy, 1983), Distant Voices, Still Lives (Voci lontane… sempre presenti, 1988), The Long Day Closes (Il lungo giorno finisce, 1992), The Neon Bible (Serenata alla luna, 1995), The House of Mirth (La casa della gioia, 2000), Of Time and the City (doc., 2008), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Sunset Song (2015), A Quiet Passion (2016). 

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Terence Davies
fotografia/cinematography
Florian Hoffmeister
montaggio/ film editing
Pia di Cialua
scenografia/production design
Merijn Sep
costumi/costume design
Catherine Marchand
musica/music
Ian Neil
suono/sound
Johan Maertens, Paul Cotterell
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Cynthia Nixon (Emily Dickinson), Jennifer Ehle (Lavinia Dickinson), Jodhi May (Susan Gilbert), Catherine Bailey (Miss Vryling Buffam), Emma Bell (Emily Dickinson da giovane/as a young woman), Duncan Duff (Austin Dickinson), Keith Carradine (Mr Dickinson)
produttori/producers
Roy Boulter, Solon Papadopoulos
produzione/production
Hurricane Films, Potemkino
coproduttori/coproducers
Peter De Maegd, Tom Hameeuw


contatti/contacts
Double Dutch International
Lisa Clark
lisa@doubledutchmedia.ca
www.doubledutchinternational.com

Director statement Read more

“I do not wish to paint a portrait that is all sombre tension and solitary solace. She was extremely shy, true. But she has a wry, lively sense of humour and loved to laugh or be made to laugh. And she loved the soirees and balls which began each commencement of the university. Her friendships were intense but it was within the family that she found her greatest happiness. It was the wellspring of her art. Her life is one of quiet dignity.”