23rd ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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The Dead

1/10/2017, 19:15, Danaos 1

One of James Joyce's most beautiful stories inspired John Huston to direct what would become his
last film: an atmospheric masterpiece in which a celebratory dinner turns into a wonderful reflection on life and its only certainty, death. A superb performance by Angelica Huston, the film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium and Best Costume Design).The film will be presented in 35 mm and dedicated to Mpampis Aktsoglou

The Dead

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the swansong of this great director is an exemplary cinematic transfer of a wonderful James Joyce short story; an unpretentious yet gracious epilogue to one of Hollywood’s most enviable filmographies.

With a splendid performance by his daughter, Anjelica, Huston brings masterfully to life the coziness of a welcoming house where friends and family are gathered to celebrate the Epiphany Day in 1904 Dublin. The atmosphere is carefree, nostalgic and filled with love until a sad memory emerges from the past and puts a melancholic end to the night, reminding everyone that death, even when temporarily absent, will always be casting its shadow upon the lives and destinies of humans.

Director: John Huston
Screenwriter: Tony Huston
DoP: Fred Murphy
Music: Alex North
Editor: Roberto Silvi
Principal Cast: Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Helena Carroll, Cathleen Delaney, Rachael Dowling, Ingrid Craigie

UK, Ireland, USA, W. Germany | 1987 | Color | 35mm | 83’ | English