DARKEST HOUR

by Joe Wright
DARKEST HOUR - L'ORA PIÙ BUIA

Informations

Nation: UK

Year: 2017

Length: 125'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Winston Churchill is elected Prime Minister in May 1940; he is sixty-five years old. Although he is considered unsuitable by the majority, he gains the leadership in part because of the difficult and apparently unsurmountable situation the United Kingdom is facing one year into the WWII. The Nazi army is advancing in Europe; the British troops are in disarray in France, with three hundred thousand soldiers trapped in the siege at Dunkirk; and England fears a German invasion. And then there are the internal threats, with Churchill opposed by King George VI and forced to thwart the schemes of his party members… 

Director

Joe Wright

Joe  Wright

Joe Wright (London, UK, 1972) is the son of two puppeteers who founded the Little Angel Theatre in Islington. He graduated in directing from Central St Martins and directed his first short, Crocodile Snap (1997), for the BBC, obtaining a BAFTA nomination. After working for a while at the Oil Factory, he collaborated once again with the BBC on the miniseries Nature Boy (2000), which was followed by other series, including Charles II: The Power & the Passion, which won a BAFTA. He debuted in feature films with Pride & Prejudice, for which he received numerous recognitions, as well as four Oscar nominations and two for the Golden Globes. His second feature film, Atonement, won two BAFTAs, two Golden Globes, and received seven Oscar nominations, winning one for best original soundtrack.

Filmography:
Crocodile Snap (cm, tv, 1997), The End (cm, 1998), Nature Boy (ep. 2; 3; 4, cm, tv, 2000) Bob & Rose (ep. 1; 4; 5; 6, cm, tv, 2001), Bodily Harm (tv, 2002), Charles II: The Power & the Passion (Carlo II: Il potere e la passione, tv, 2003), Pride & Prejudice (Orgoglio e pregiudizio, 2005), Atonement (Espiazione, 2007), The Soloist (Il solista, 2009), Hanna (id., 2011), Anna Karenina (id., 2012).

Cast and Credits

regia /director
Joe Wright
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Anthony McCarten
fotografia/cinematography
Bruno Delbonnel
montaggio/film editing
Valerio Bonelli
scenografia/production design
Sarah Greenwood
costumi/costume design
Jacqueline Durran
musica/music
Dario Marianelli
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Gary Oldman (Winston Churchill), Kristin Scott Thomas (Clemmie Churchill), Lily James (Elizabeth Layton), Stephen Dillane (visconte/viscount Halifax), Ronald Pickup (Neville Chamberlain), Ben Mendelsohn (re Giorgio VI/king George VI)
produttori/producers
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski produzione/production
Working Title Films


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contatti/contacts
Universal Pictures
Massimo Proietti
massimo.proietti@nbcuni.com

Director statement

“I envisioned this as a film for the world, not solely for a British audience. We’ve all seen movies about leaders. Thematically, Darkest Hour is very much about doubt, a crisis of confidence. What’s so engaging about it is you’re with a legend as he rises above the difficulties we have all faced.”

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Winston Churchill is elected Prime Minister in May 1940; he is sixty-five years old. Although he is considered unsuitable by the majority, he gains the leadership in part because of the difficult and apparently unsurmountable situation the United Kingdom is facing one year into the WWII. The Nazi army is advancing in Europe; the British troops are in disarray in France, with three hundred thousand soldiers trapped in the siege at Dunkirk; and England fears a German invasion. And then there are the internal threats, with Churchill opposed by King George VI and forced to thwart the schemes of his party members… 

Director All about direction

Joe Wright

Joe  Wright

Joe Wright (London, UK, 1972) is the son of two puppeteers who founded the Little Angel Theatre in Islington. He graduated in directing from Central St Martins and directed his first short, Crocodile Snap (1997), for the BBC, obtaining a BAFTA nomination. After working for a while at the Oil Factory, he collaborated once again with the BBC on the miniseries Nature Boy (2000), which was followed by other series, including Charles II: The Power & the Passion, which won a BAFTA. He debuted in feature films with Pride & Prejudice, for which he received numerous recognitions, as well as four Oscar nominations and two for the Golden Globes. His second feature film, Atonement, won two BAFTAs, two Golden Globes, and received seven Oscar nominations, winning one for best original soundtrack.

Filmography:
Crocodile Snap (cm, tv, 1997), The End (cm, 1998), Nature Boy (ep. 2; 3; 4, cm, tv, 2000) Bob & Rose (ep. 1; 4; 5; 6, cm, tv, 2001), Bodily Harm (tv, 2002), Charles II: The Power & the Passion (Carlo II: Il potere e la passione, tv, 2003), Pride & Prejudice (Orgoglio e pregiudizio, 2005), Atonement (Espiazione, 2007), The Soloist (Il solista, 2009), Hanna (id., 2011), Anna Karenina (id., 2012).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia /director
Joe Wright
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Anthony McCarten
fotografia/cinematography
Bruno Delbonnel
montaggio/film editing
Valerio Bonelli
scenografia/production design
Sarah Greenwood
costumi/costume design
Jacqueline Durran
musica/music
Dario Marianelli
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Gary Oldman (Winston Churchill), Kristin Scott Thomas (Clemmie Churchill), Lily James (Elizabeth Layton), Stephen Dillane (visconte/viscount Halifax), Ronald Pickup (Neville Chamberlain), Ben Mendelsohn (re Giorgio VI/king George VI)
produttori/producers
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski produzione/production
Working Title Films


**
contatti/contacts
Universal Pictures
Massimo Proietti
massimo.proietti@nbcuni.com

Director statement Read more

“I envisioned this as a film for the world, not solely for a British audience. We’ve all seen movies about leaders. Thematically, Darkest Hour is very much about doubt, a crisis of confidence. What’s so engaging about it is you’re with a legend as he rises above the difficulties we have all faced.”