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After starring in and directing his intense Shakespeare drama Coriolanus (2012), Ralph Fiennes does the same in a film about a secret affair of Charles Dickens. The Invisible Woman stars Felicity Jones as Nelly Ternan, a young actress who, after becoming Dickens’ lover, was forced to live a double life. The film was written by Abi Morgan, whose previous credits include Shame (TFF 2011) and Brick Lane (TFF 2007).
Fiennes plays Dickens, who, in addition to being one of the most prolific writers of any generation, was also a gifted actor. And Fiennes, nominated for Oscars for his roles in Schindler’s List (1993) and The English Patient (1996), (and familiar to younger fans as Voldemort), certainly can understand that.
Fiennes spoke to former Telluride Guest Director Geoff Dyer from Russia, where he is shooting his latest film.
The Invisible Woman to premiere at Telluride Film Festival on August 31!
Nelly (Felicity Jones), a quiet Victorian woman, has children, a job as a schoolteacher, a handsome if staid husband ...and a dark secret. Years earlier, as a struggling 18-year-old actress, she fell in love with an older, married man who shared her interest in theater. Thus began Nelly’s torrid, long-term affair with Britain’s preeminent creative force, the novelist Charles Dickens. In his second directorial effort, after his visionary CORIOLANUS, Ralph Fiennes has crafted a rich and poignant man-and-muse story. Can romance survive the suffocating secrecy necessary when loving someone in the spotlight? Abi Morgan adapted Claire Tomalin’s biography, Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander provide outstanding support and Rob Hardy’s elegant period cinematography is perfectly suited to the story. Fiennes’ striking and convincing performance as Dickens, a man uncomfortable in his own skin, is restrained, compelling and utterly persuasive. – LG(England, 2013, 111m) In person: Ralph Fiennes, Q & A August 31 4:15pm.
August 23, 2013
New York Film Festival to Honor Ralph Fiennes
The New York Film Festival knows quality when it sees it. The prestigious festival has just announced that it will be honoring the British actor Ralph Fiennes with a gala tribute on Oct. 9.
In making the announcement, the festival, running from Sept. 27 to Oct. 13 in Manhattan, explained that its galas celebrate “individuals working in film who have made significant artistic contributions to film culture in the past and will continue to do so in the future.”
The gala saluting Fiennes will take place in conjunction with a festival screening of his latest film, The Invisible Woman, a romantic drama about Charles Dickens. The 50-year old Fiennes both stars in and directed the movie.
Invisible Woman is his second foray into directing after his critically praised 2011 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.
In the new movie, Fiennes portray the 19th century British novelist. The drama tells the story of the middle-aged Dickens’ long-term secret affair with a younger actress, Nelly Ternan, who’ll be played by rising British star Felicity Jones. Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander also have roles.
The movie will have its world premiere early next month at the Toronto Film Festival (Sept. 5-15) and is scheduled to open in the U.K. on Feb. 7, 2014. Invisible Woman has a U.S. distributor, Sony Picture Classics, but there’s as yet no stateside release date.
Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes Set for NYFF51 Gala Tributes
Actress Cate Blanchett and actor/director Ralph Fiennes will be feted this year with Gala Tributes at the 51st New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced. The annual celebrations recognize the work of individuals who have made "significant artistic contributions to film culture in the past and will continue to do so in the future." This year's Gala Tribute to Cate Blanchett will take place Wednesday, October 2, while the event honoring Ralph Fiennes is set for Wednesday, October 9, coinciding with the screening of his film, The Invisible Woman, in the NYFF51 Main Slate.
Of Fiennes, Kuo noted: “In just his third screen role, Ralph Fiennes's performance as the monstrous Amon Goeth in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List terrified audiences with its personification of evil. Since then, Mr. Fiennes has brilliantly embodied the larger-than-life creations of writers such as Shakespeare, Dickens, and Graham Greene, among others, and given us an extraordinary body of work to celebrate. The Film Society is excited to honor him at this year’s New York Film Festival not only as an actor, but as the director of The Invisible Woman, truly one of the noteworthy films of the year."
EXCLUSIVE: Soda Pictures partners with UK producer David P. Kelly on production of Two Women; takes UK rights.
Eve Gabereau and Edward Fletcher of UK distributor Soda Pictures and UK producer David P. Kelly have joined the production of Ralph Fiennes drama Two Women.
As previously reported, the Russian and French-language drama, based on Ivan Turgenev’s play A Month in the Country, is due to shoot in Smolensk, Russia, this summer.
A Russian-French-UK co-production, Two Women is to be directed by Vera Glagoleva (One War), with Natalia Ivanova of Russian outfit Horosho Productions as lead producer and a UK partnership between producer David P. Kelly (The Last Station, Desert Flower) and Soda Pictures co-directors Eve Gabereau and Edward Fletcher, who have backed the film creatively and financially. Support also comes from the Russian Cinema Fund.
The 19th century story, about a tangle of love affairs at a country home, marks the first production collaboration between Kelly and independent distributor Soda - whose credits include Barbara, Norwegian Wood and Bullhead - under its new production banner Soda Films. Screen understands the partnership has a number of films in development.
The film’s cast will be predominantly Russian but Screen understands the production will cast a French actress in one of the female leads.
Agent Simon Beresford said on behalf of Fiennes: ‘‘Ralph Fiennes is delighted to be involved in this exciting project, playing the wonderful role of Rakitin and as a sign of his deep commitment is studying Russian for the role. He has always been a great admirer of Russian culture and looks forward to working there this summer.”
Fiennes previously starred in Russian adaptation Onegin.
Kelly was introduced to the project at the UK-Russian co-production roundtable held in London in November 2012.
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March 29, 2013
BBC To Premiere Ralph Fiennes’ BAFTA Nominated ‘Coriolanus’
It’s been just over a year since its cinema release and it’s been announced that BBC 2 will premiere Ralph Fiennes’ BAFTA nominated contemporary version of William Shakespeare’s political thriller, CORIOLANUS, on Saturday 6th April at 21:45, which will also be simulcast on BBC HD.
Ralph Fiennes directs and stars alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain, Brian Cox and James Nesbitt. CORIOLANUS is a tense and timeless thriller of power broking, political manipulation and the arguments and prejudices of opposing social extremes, set against a backdrop of a republic caught up in a long and bitter war.
Caius Martius ‘Coriolanus’ (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuse to support him, Coriolanus’s anger prompts a riot which culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city.