UK, 123' ,
Directed by: Joe Wright
Script: Christopher Hampton, adaptation of the novel by Ian McEwan
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster
Production company: Working Title Films
Cinematography: Seamus McGarvey
Editing: Paul Tothill
Music: Dario Marianelli
Cast: James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, Vanessa Redgrave
Format: 35mm, color
Running time: 123'
'Atonement' spans several decades and captures its characters at different points in their lives. It begins in 1935 amid the rural beauty of a Britain unaware of future horrors. Still, uncertainty troubles this idyllic surface. The well-to-do Tallis family awaits the return of their eldest son to their country estate. Especially eager to see him is their youngest daughter, Briony, the precious thirteen-year-old who centres the film. Meanwhile, Cecilia, Briony’s elder sister, wrestles with suppressed emotions she feels for Robbie, a man who does not belong to her social class. He is the son of one of the family’s servants, and Mr. Tallis has paid for his Cambridge education. When events come to a dramatic head, the fallout profoundly changes the lives of everyone at the family mansion. Briony finds herself in the midst of the drama that unfolds, but her childish involvement has long-term repercussions. While the drama of the war with Germany overshadows the characters’ more private troubles, Briony, Cecilia and Robbie discover in their different ways that the past can never go away.
Joe Wright was born in London and studied fine art, film and video at the Camberwell College of Arts and at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He has directed several television miniseries.He directed several short films including 'Crocodile Snap' (1997) and 'The End' (1998) before making his award-winning feature film debut, 'Pride and Prejudice' (2005). 'Atonement' (2007) is his second feature.
Rarely has a book sprung so vividly to life, but also worked so enthrallingly in pure movie terms, as with ‘Atonement’ Brit helmer Joe Wright’s smart, dazzlingly upholstered adaptation of Ian McEwan’s celebrated 2001 novel / Derek Elley, Variety
Location and screening schedule:
premiere: SC Cinema, Thursday, October 25th at 14.00
reprisal: Cinema Europe, Thursday, October 25th at 21.30