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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Jude

Fortnight 1996, Feature film, 2 h 03

Synopsis

In the late 19th century England, many looked towards the great seats of learning, such as Christminster, as an escape from rural poverty and boredom. Not least among these is Jude Fawley, an intelligent but unworldly young man who dreams of emulating his childhood hero, the schoolmaster Phillotson. Jude studies singlemindely in the hope of gaining a place at the University. But his studies are interrupted when Jude blindly falls for the beguiling Arabella Dunn, the daughter of a local pig farmer. They have nothing in common but Jude is easily seduced. Soon after, she convinces him that she is pregnant with his child and forces him into marriage… The marriage fails and Jude moves to Christminster to continue his studies. There he meets and falls in love with his cousin Sue Bridehead, a beautiful and urbane young woman, whose intelligence and wit captivate him. But cruelly it is Jude himself who creates the major obstacle to their future hapiness…

Director

Michael Winterbottom

He studied English at Oxford University and graduated in direction in Bristol and London. He started working as an editor for Thames Television. He directed two documentaries in 1988 on Ingmar Bergman and two dramas for kids. In 1994, he made his first feature film, Butterfly Kiss, shown in Berlin in 1995.

Christopher Eccleston
June Whitfield
Kate Winslet
Liam Cunningham
Rachal Griffiths

Screenplay
Hossein Amini d’’après le roman de Thomas Hardy, “Jude l’obscur”

Image
Eduardo Serra

Sound
Martin Trevis

Editing
Trevor Waite

Set decoration
Joseph Benett, Andrew Rothschild

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