Programme

Sunset Song

Terence Davies

United Kingdom, Luxembourg, 2015 / 135 min / English original version with French and English subtitles / Drama

In the presence of the director Terence Davies.

A farming family torn apart by tragedy on the eve of the First World War.

In the presence of the director Terence Davies and the Luxembourgish coproduction (Iris Productions).

Set in the early 20th century, Chris, a farmer’s daughter in north-eastern Scotland struggles for love amid hardship and family misfortune. After her mother, a poverty-stricken woman broken by repeated childbirths, poisons herself the resilient young Chris must manage the farm. When her father has a stroke and becomes bedridden, though also eager for an incestuous relationship, she is left on the land by her closest ally and friend, her brother. Finally she finds love, only to wave her new husband off to the Great War. She remains on the farm, connected to a land about to be changed forever by the onset of technology and war.

Exquisitely shot, each scene looks like an Old Masters painting as Davies applies his distinct "memory realism" style to a twentieth-century northern British milieu that many will recognize from the writer-director's previous films. (Toronto International Film Festival)

National release date : 09/03, Ciné Utopia

Screenings
Tue 01/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia English original version with French and English subtitles Public http://www.utopolis.lu
Wed 02/03 20:30 Cinémathèque English original version with French and English subtitles Public http://www.luxembourg-ticket.lu

”Sunset Song” isn't just a touching movie; it's also a work with some historical context and consideration, having a dialogue about the art of movie-making in addition to its examination of the role of women in the early 20th Century.” Robert Bell, exclaim.ca, 14/09/2015

“Terence Davies’s lyrical version of the Scottish classic finds the veteran director at the height of his powers.” Marc Kermode, The Guardian, 06/12/2015

"Sunset Song" is a rapturous, ravishing swell of a movie.” Ryan Lattanzio, Indiewire, 15/10/2015

“A psalm in praise of the land, its power, beauty and wrath.” Alison Rowat, Herald Scotland, 14/10/2015

Awards
  • Best Non-U.S. Release - OFCS Award, Online Film Critics Society Awards, 2015
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie
Screenplay 
Terence Davies
Cinematographer 
Michael McDonough
Sound 
Marc Thill
Music 
Gast Waltzing
Production 
Iris Productions (LU) - Hurricane Films (UK) - SellOut Pictures - BFI - Creative Scotland -BBC Scotland
Distribution 
Fortissimo Films
Biography

Terence Davies, born in Liverpool in 1945, is one of the most respected filmmakers in cinema today. Awards from around the world have honoured his work. He boasts a filmography including enormously important titles such as “Distant Voices”, “Still Lives” (1988), winner of the Golden Leopard at Locarno, “The Long Day Closes” (1992), “House of Mirth” (2000), “Of Time and the City” (2008) and “The Deep Blue Sea” (2011). “Sunset Song” is his latest film.

Filmography
  • 2015, Sunset Song
  • 2011, The Deep Blue Sea
  • 2008, Of Time and the City (documentary)
  • 2000, Chez les heureux du monde (The House of Mirth)
  • 1995, The Neon Bible
  • 1992, Une longue journée qui s'achève (The Long Day closes)
  • 1988, Distant Voices, Still Lives
  • 1983, Death and Transfiguration (short)
  • 1980, Madonna and Child (short)
  • 1976, Children (short)